Darrell Hammond Isn’t Happy About Getting Replaced in KFC’s Colonel Sanders Commercials
By now you’ve probably seen KFC’s ad campaign starring Darrell Hammond, Norm Macdonald, and most recently Jim Gaffigan playing Colonel Sanders, but according to Sanders #1, the fast food chain never gave him the heads up that he’d be sharing the role with a handful of other people. During his visit to Opie & Jim Norton last week, Darrell Hammond — who kicked off the KFC campaign last year — revealed that KFC never told him he’d be replaced, and there are clearly still some hard feelings.
Hammond says he took a very method approach to the role, and KFC even gave him books on Colonel Sanders and organized time for him to meet with the Sanders family, which he might not have done had he known the role would just go to someone else a few months later. “That was the last time I get emotionally invested in my work, I’ll tell you that right now. I felt like a fool,” Hammond says. “When you play me like that — when you strum the violin and send me books on the Colonel and send me memorabilia and I’m gonna go to his office and I’m gonna go to their mansion — when you play me like that, when all along you knew what was coming, I don’t see the point in it.”