Reba McEntire will host the ACM Awards for a 15th time coming up April 15, and we suspect her hilarious turn playing Colonel Sanders in a recent round of KFC commercials had something to do with the Academy of Country Music asking Reba back this year. Those ads have reminded everyone just how funny and wacky Reba can be.
So, will we see Reba all dressed up as Colonel Sanders on the ACMs?
She tells “Billboard,” “You never know where that rascal is going to show up! I haven’t packed a white suit. I bet the Colonel is going to stay in Kentucky a little longer. He’s got a lot of work coming on.”
Reba has already put a lot of work into getting her own outfits ready for the ACM Awards. In fact, she says that was the first thing she had to confirm before she told the show producers she’d emcee the big show in Las Vegas.
Since this is the first major country music event in Vegas since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival last October, Reba says there will be moments at this year’s ACM Awards paying tribute to those who were lost in the attack.
“That is a very critical and important thing to do,” Reba says. “We do pay tribute, we pay honor to those who were victims of that shooting and then we remind everybody that we are Americans and we do not let that shut us down. We will go on, we will have a great time that night and we’re going to have fun for them and remember them.”
She adds, “We’ve got to be strong. Americans are strong. We’ve been through a lot of stuff where people have tried to tear us down and make us weaker, but we are not. We will gather up and huddle up. We will hug, we’ll remember, we’ll cry and we’ll move forward, but never will we ever forget what happened.”
Watch ‘The 53rd Annual ACM Awards” coming up Sunday, April 15 on CBS.