- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Country music legend Dolly Parton on Monday addressed the famous awkward moment during the Emmy Awards last month when she remained tight-lipped while her former “9 to 5” costars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin bashed President Trump.

In an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Miss Parton said she tries to stay away from politics to avoid alienating fans.

“Lily and Jane are Lily and Jane and I’m Dolly,” the singer said. “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,” she joked. “And 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. 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.”

Miss Parton and her former co-stars made headlines last month after they reunited onstage for the Emmys, and Miss Fonda and Miss Tomlin compared President Trump to the opportunistic boss in “9 to 5,” Franklin Hart Jr. played by Dabney Coleman.

“In [‘9 to 5’], 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,” Miss Tomlin and Miss Fonda told the audience.

Miss Parton was noticeably uncomfortable and remained silent during the anti-Trump remarks. She could even be seen taking a small step back from her costars as the audience roared. She told Fox News on Monday that she knew the remarks were coming and that she made the decision ahead of time to stay out of it. She was later criticized for not speaking out against Mr. Trump.

“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. But I just always go to a boob joke if all else fails.”

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