Reba McEntire Named First Female Star to Play KFC's Colonel Sanders

January 26, 2018

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Kentucky Friend Chicken has named Reba McEntire as the new star to play the role of Colonel Harland Sanders. The country icon will begin to appear on television ads and more January 28 in promotion of the restaurant chain's new Smoky Mountain BBQ friend chicken.

“I grew up with Kentucky Fried Chicken. It’s part of my story, and I’m so excited to now be part of theirs,” said McEntire. “I’ve held a lot of roles in my life – sort of like the Colonel himself – but this is certainly the most unique one yet.”

McEntire is the first female to be featured in KFC's rotating Colonel campaign. “With Reba’s southern roots and entrepreneurial spirit, she truly embodies the values of the Colonel and the crowd-pleasing flavor of our Smoky Mountain BBQ,” said Andrea Zahumensky, CMO, KFC U.S.

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