KFC certainly knows how to get people鈥檚 attention, whether they鈥檙e releasing their very own smartphones or selling KFC-branded bath bombs and edible nail polish. And let鈥檚 not forget when they introduced (鈥ait for it鈥) gravy cocktails! Now the chicken-lovin鈥 chain is buzzing yet again, this time because they just announced Reba McEntire as the first woman to be transformed into the iconic Colonel Sanders.

鈥淚 grew up with Kentucky Fried Chicken,鈥 the country superstar said, according to Us Weekly. 鈥淚t鈥檚 part of my story, and I鈥檓 so excited to now be part of theirs. I鈥檝e held a lot of roles in my life 鈥 sort of like the Colonel himself 鈥 but this is certainly the most unique one yet.鈥

The 62-year-old may be the first lady to pop on the white wig, white goatee, and signature white suit, but she joins a long list of other celebrities who have played the restaurant鈥檚 founder, Colonel Harland Sanders, over the years. Billy Zane, Jim Gaffigan, Rob Lowe, Darrell Hammond, and Norm MacDonald have all stepped in to play the character, following in the footsteps of Randy Quaid, who voiced the Colonel in animated ads that ran from 1998 to 2001.

But now it鈥檚 Reba鈥檚 turn! And while fans will no doubt be thrilled to see her in the unexpected new role when the ad campaign launches on Sunday, she 鈥 or rather, the Colonel 鈥 is sure to note in the commercial, 鈥淧lease ignore any likeness to famous country singers. I鈥檓 definitely not a woman.鈥

The campaign is to promote KFC鈥檚 new Smokey Mountain BBQ. 鈥淲e鈥檙e super excited about this,鈥 the chain鈥檚 senior corporate chef Bob Das told Us Weekly. 鈥淚t鈥檚 kind of a combination of all the regions of BBQ. We call it the BBQ belt. We鈥檙e using the sweetness of Kansas City, the vinegar notes of the Carolinas, and then we鈥檙e using the Memphis dry rubs to bring out those textures and flavors to bring crunch.鈥

Smokey Mountain BBQ = yum! Reba McEntire = yay!

Check out the new KFC commercial below.

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