Musical Colonel: Reba McEntire to play KFC chain's founder

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KFC has picked singer Reba McEntire to play Colonel Sanders, the first female celebrity in the role.

Posted: Jan. 25, 2018 9:07 PM

NEW YORK (AP) - KFC has picked singer Reba McEntire to play Colonel Sanders, the first female celebrity in the role.

In commercials starting next week, McEntire dons the Colonel's famous white suit and black tie, but with a twist.

McEntire's outfit has fringe on the back, and a glittery shine. McEntire sings on stage as the Colonel, with a white wig and white facial hair.

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. She may also be the first woman in KFC's nearly 90-year-history to depict the Colonel. The company said the "best historical minds at KFC" could not remember a woman having stepped into the role.

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1/25/2018 6:59:56 PM (GMT -6:00)

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