Whoever said a woman can’t fill a man’s shoes never met Reba McEntire. Country’s most famous redhead became the first-ever female to portray Colonel Sanders when she accepted the role in latest KFC Commercial for Smoky Mountain BBQ.
Reba, clad in the Colonel’s white suit, signature white hair and mustache, adds a little country music flair to the character by sporting a touch of fringe on the sleeves of the suit. “I thought the transformation was really funny,” Reba told the Associated Press, “I got a big kick out of it.”
Reba, the only musician to ever play the part, appears in the commercial as the Colonel singing, “I’m Colonel Sanders. Same as always. Absolutely nothing’s changed. Please ignore any likeness to famous country singers, I’m definitely not a woman.”
The Colonel herself then tosses a hat through the air into the audience where it lands on the head of the famous Reba McEntire, playing herself. “If there’s one thing that’s real about me, it’s my smoky mountain barbecue. Back to my chicken. Smoky and crispy. Tender and amazing too. I swear I’m not a famous woman.” she sings. “It’s finger licking good.”
KFC said they picked Reba because of her Southern roots, and to help promote its new Smoky Mountain BBQ, which combines fried chicken with a taste of barbecue.
“I said ‘Holy smokes!’,” Reba added. “KFC has been a part of my life forever.”
Since 2015, the role has been played by a variety of male comedians like Darrell Hammond, Norm MacDonald, Rob Riggle, and Jim Gaffigan.
Reba’s commercials will begin airing on Jan. 28 and run through the end of April. You’ve got to see it to believe it.