She seems so fearless to us, but even Reba McEntire has things that make her nervous, anxious or apprehensive, and she admitted to a couple of them when she appeared on “Live with Kelly and Ryan” on Nov. 23.
As the show hosts, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, spoke about how recognizable Reba is, along with being incredibly warm, friendly and approachable, she admitted that it was fun for her to meet people. But when the shoe is on the other foot, it’s a different story.
“I get a little scared if I see somebody that’s famous and I kinda want to go say hi, but then you don’t know if they’re going to be in a good mood,” she said. When Kelly and Ryan reminded the superstar that she, too, is famous, she brushed it off with a smile.
The trio also talked about Reba’s stint as a barrel racer, which led Kelly to inquire about the Indy car racing career of her son, Shelby. “Does that make you nervous,” she asked.
“Yes,” Reba replied succinctly.
She then added, “I’m praying all through the whole race, ‘Keep him safe, keep everybody safe, all the drivers.’”
It sounds like Shelby might be a better driver than his mother was, at least at the age of 5 when she started driving her daddy’s farm truck.
“Daddy would put a feed sack right there underneath the steering wheel and we’d get up on our knees and we’d drive, and he’d put it in granny gear,” she recalled. “Then he’d hop out and we’d be steering and he said, ‘Just stay away from the rocks and the trees.’ And so he’d get back in the back and put out the cake, the cattle feed, or hay, and we’d keep it going straight.”
Except … not always.
“One day Mama came outside and said, ‘What happened to your truck,’” Reba continued. “He said, ‘That’s my drivers.’ We kinda hit a few trees.”
Reba is now nominated for Opry Moment of the Year in the Rare Country Awards, and it’s up to you to decide the winner. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.