Reba became a household name for her status in the country music world and her takeover of television when she pioneered her very own sitcom, but it was the role of Colonel Sanders that truly defined a shining moment in her career.
Taking on the iconic character as the first woman to do so, Reba carried her pride and humility in the part as she felt extremely honored to be named for. The country singer also confessed her love of the fast food chicken joint, leaning her even more so in the decision to act as the Colonel.
“When they asked me to go and be the first female Colonel Sanders, I said, ‘Heck yeah!’ Who wouldn’t want to be the Colonel Sanders? Because I’d grown up with Kentucky Fried Chicken all my life. I loved it,” Reba said to the press at the 60th GRAMMY Awards.
In the set of television advertisements, Reba dons the all-white suit with facial hair and all as she commands the stage with a little performance for a crowded bar. Reassuring the audience that she isn’t famous or a girl, the singer keeps her cool while the patrons get riled up over her country kick.
“I saw the script and the concept and I thought it was hysterical,” the singer explained to reporters at Music’s Biggest Night. “And I had a blast shooting the commercials.”
The commercials started appearing in ad slots over the weekend, promoting KFC’s new Smoky Mountain BBQ chicken that highlights tastes from Memphis and the Carolinas. It follows up limited time offers of other seasonings such as Nashville hot chicken and Georgia gold honey.
KFC is now offering the Smoky Mountain BBQ flavored chicken at stores across America now.