Dolly Parton has spoken out about her silence last month when her former co-stars denounced President Trump at the Emmys.
Parton and former “9 to 5” actresses Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin had reunited to present an Outstanding Supporting Actor award at the event.
But while Fonda and Tomlin criticized the president during their time on stage, the country music legend stayed silent — and was heavily criticized by many of her conservative fans for not speaking up for Trump.
But she has now explained her silence, saying that “everybody knows I don’t do politics.”
“Lily and Jane are Lily and Jane, and I’m Dolly. I can’t tell everyone what to do,” Parton told Fox & Friends, noting that she grew up with parents who supported different political parties.
“I’ve got as many Republican fans as Democrats, and I don’t want to make any of them mad at me, so I don’t play politics,” she added.
“Plus, I’m an entertainer, and I don’t usually voice my opinion in a situation like that. I was just happy to be back with them to get that standing ovation about [“9 to 5”].”
The blonde Tennessean said that she knew her co-presenters planned to speak about Trump before the trio took the stage and admitted to being “a little nervous.”
“But I wasn’t going to play the game,” she said. “I didn’t know what to say. I just always go to a boob joke if all else fails.”
Sure enough, the busty singer made a quip about “knowing about support” before the Emmy was presented to Alexander Skarsgard for his role in “Big Little Lies.”
This year’s ceremony, hosted by liberal satirist Stephen Colbert, roughly tied last year’s lowest-ever viewer ratings.
- Report from Fox News
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