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Posted: January 26, 2018

Reba McEntire tapped as KFC’s new Colonel Sanders 

This photo provided by KFC shows singer Reba McEntire as KFC's Colonel Sanders. A rotating cast of famous names have portrayed the Colonel since 2015, but McEntire is the first female celebrity to do it, and the first musician. (Courtesy of KFC via AP)
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This photo provided by KFC shows singer Reba McEntire as KFC's Colonel Sanders. A rotating cast of famous names have portrayed the Colonel since 2015, but McEntire is the first female celebrity to do it, and the first musician. (Courtesy of KFC via AP)

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Kentucky Fried Chicken has yet another new face donning the iconic persona of Colonel Sanders.

This time, the restaurant chain is using country music star Reba McEntire. She will be the first female to take the revolving role, CBS News reported.

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In the new ad, McEntire also has a cameo as herself after teasing that there’s no resemblance to a famous singer before finally singing “I swear I’m not a famous woman.”

McEntire is being used to promote KFC’s new Smoky Mountain BBQ fried chicken.

She is following in the footsteps of Rob Lowe, George Hamilton, Darrell Hammond and Jim Gaffigan who have also helped introduce new types of chicken, Entertainment Weekly reported.

“I’ve eaten KFC my whole life. It’s been a favorite. It’s American. It’s wholesome,” McEntire told USAToday.

“We picked Reba McEntire because she is a perfect fit for KFC and Smoky Mountain BBQ. She embodies the qualities of the colonel with her showmanship and entrepreneurial spirit,” KFC Chief Marketing Officer Andrea Zahumensky told USAToday.


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