Dolly Parton speaks out on that Trump-bashing Emmy speech — and why she held her tongue

Dolly Parton speaks out on that Trump-bashing Emmy speech — and why she held her tongue
While her "9 to 5" co-stars, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda, bashed President Donald Trump at the 2017 Emmy Awards, Dolly Parton chose to remain silent. "Everybody knows I don't do politics," she said to "Fox & Friends." (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

Dolly Parton broke her silence and addressed the look-heard-round-the-world when her fellow Emmy Awards presenters Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda verbally attacked President Donald Trump in a speech.

What did Tomlin and Fonda say in their speech?

Parton’s “9 to 5” co-stars, Tomlin and Fonda, launched not-so-thinly veiled jabs at the president during the Emmy Awards in September.

“Personally, I have been waiting for a ‘9 to 5’ reunion ever since we did the first one,” Parton said.

“Well, back in 1980,” Fonda added, “in that movie, we refused to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot.”

“And in 2017, we still refuse to be controlled by a sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot!” Tomlin responded to heavy applause.

“So that being said, tonight we’re here to recognize some men who conduct themselves with the utmost integrity,” Fonda continued, and introduced the Emmy award nominees.

Throughout the speech, Parton kept her lips sealed and let her eyes do her talking — a move many took to interpret as disagreement with Tomlin and Fonda.

What did Parton say about Tomlin and Fonda’s speech?

During a Monday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Parton revealed what was going through her mind at the time.

“Lily and Jane are Lily and Jane and I’m Dolly,” Parton explained. “I can’t tell everyone what to do. Everybody knows I don’t do politics. My mother was a Democrat and my daddy was a Republican, so I’m a hypocrat (phonetic).”

She continued and added that she doesn’t “play politics.”

“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,” Parton explained. “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 the movie. I was there about the movie.”

When asked if she was nervous about the political rhetoric that permeated the evening, Parton admitted that she was.

“I was a little nervous, but I knew I wasn’t going to play the game,” she said. “But a lot of people got mad at me because I didn’t say something, and I thought ‘What if I had said something?’ I didn’t know what to say. I just always go to a boob joke if all else fails.”

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