Dolly Parton Has Nothing But Kind Words for Elle King

Photo: Brandon Sloter/Image Of Sport/Getty Images

If there’s anything we can expect from Dolly Parton, it’s top-notch boob jokes and unfettered kindness. The latter was on full display in a new interview with Extra in which Parton was asked about a recent incident at the Grand Ole Opry involving artist Elle King. In January, King was criticized for appearing onstage visibly drunk during a Dolly tribute concert and bungling the lyrics to a few of her songs. Some hard-core Dolly fans and attendees of the show — not to mention one of Dolly’s sisters — took issue with her performance, but now Dolly has spoken, and she says it’s high time to forgive and forget.

“Elle is really a great artist,” Parton said when asked about King’s performance. “She’s a great girl, and she’s been going through a lot of hard things lately. And she just had a little too much to drink. So let’s just forgive that and forget it and move on, ’cause she felt worse than anybody ever could.”

That’s the Dolly way.

Dolly Parton Has Nothing But Kind Words for Elle King