Reba McEntire Just Debuted As KFC’s New Colonel Sanders
KFC's been swapping out celebs to play Colonel Sanders in its ad campaigns with some regularity for a while now, but it's latest choice to fill the shoes of its founder on screen is turning quite a few heads. That's because, for the first time, the Colonel is being played by a female, and a very famous one at that: country music legend Reba McEntire.
The iconic fried chicken chain dropped a series of new commercials on Thursday, featuring the legendary country singer dressed in drag as the Colonel, complete with a country western-inspired crisp white suit, black tie, glasses, and, yes, even his signature facial hair. It's quite a look. In it, McEntire sings on stage as Sanders who seems to be living out his dream of being a country singer, and she also plays herself as a member of the crowd watching.
The commercials (there are four currently posted on YouTube) will begin airing next week, and will run through the end of April.
In an interview with the Associated Press, McEntire said she was approached by KFC back in December, and loved the idea. "I thought the transformation was really funny," she said. "I got a big kick out of it." Lots of people seem to love it, too. Early reactions to the new campaign on social media have been exceedingly positive.
Yes, KFC has finally shattered the grease-soaked napkin ceiling... Country star Reba McEntire will be the first woman to take on the mustache, white suit, and vaguely unsettling plantation-era trappings of the chicken chain’s founder, Colonel Sanders. https://t.co/QXIepOLKDM— Arshad Parvez (@ArshadParvez) January 26, 2018
I’ve been watching Reba’s KFC commercials since 4 this morning 😂— Paige (@_whislerrrr) January 26, 2018
IM DYING. EVERYONE WAS FREAKING OUT ABOUT REBA BEING IN LA FILMING AND WONDERING WHAT IT WAS, AND THEN SHE HITS US WITH KFC COMMERCIALS. I CANT STOP LAUGHING. WHAT. AN. ICON.— 👽 Sara Pontier 👽 (@SaraPontier) January 26, 2018
Since 2015, a number of celebs have done Colonel Sanders cosplay in KFC commercials including Rob Lowe, Rob Riggle, Billy Zane, George Hamilton, Jim Gaffigan, Norm Macdonald, and Darryl Hammond. Stars, though few have drawn as much attention as its latest pick.