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KFC Finally Has a Female Colonel Sanders, and It’s Reba McEntire

Who better to shatter that glass ceiling than the country legend herself? It’s been 11 awful, emotionally draining years since Reba, the sitcom starring country music legend Reba McEntire, went off the air. But she’s back on the small screen, baby, and you’ll never guess what her new role is!

The country star will be assuming the role of KFC mascot Colonel Sanders, the chain announced on Friday, notably being the first woman to assume a role that in the past has been played exclusively by men. So many men. Some you’ve likely heard of; others who aren’t quite household names. Ray Liotta. Rob Lowe. Billy Zane. Jim Gaffigan. Darrell Hammond. Dudes, dudes, dudes, dudes, dudes.

McEntire will star in at least four ads for the Smoky Mountain Barbecue Chicken, a product that’s set to launch in KFC locations nationwide on Monday. McEntire claimed in a statement that she’d grown up eating Kentucky Fried Chicken, saying it’s part of her “story” as a woman who’d been born and bred in the South.

One of the ads pokes fun at the fact that it’s taken so long for a woman to step into this role. We see two McEntires: The first is one is wearing no costume (let’s call her “Recognizably Reba”), while the other is dragged up as Colonel Sanders in a rhinestone-studded suit and crooning on stage.

“I’m definitely not a woman,” she sings. “I swear I’m not a famous woman!” One of the ads pokes fun at the fact that it’s taken so long for a woman to step into this role. We see two McEntires: The first is one is wearing no costume (let’s call her “Recognizably Reba”), while the other is dragged up as Colonel Sanders in a rhinestone-studded suit and crooning on stage.

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“I’m definitely not a woman,” she sings. “I swear I’m not a famous woman!”

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