Dolly Parton tells fans to ‘forgive it and forget it’ regarding singer Elle King’s recent performance atafter King admitted to being drunk during a birthday tribute to the country legend.
Parton called her a “great artist” during an interview with “Extra.”
“She’s a great girl and she’s been through some tough things lately,” Parton said.
“She just had a little too much to drink, so let’s forgive that, forget about it and move on, because she felt worse than anyone else,” she continued.
Last month, videos showed King – whose real name is Tanner Elle Schneider and is the daughter of comedian and actor Rob Schneider – taking the stage at the famous Nashville concert venue and telling audience members that she had been “hammered” while singing “” by Parton. Marry Me” song. She was seen slurring the lyrics and swearing during the performance, and at one point King told those in attendance that they would not receive a refund.
The Dolly-themed party took place at the Opry’s Ryman Auditorium on Jan. 19, Parton’s 78th birthday. It also included performances by artists Ashley Monroe and Terri Clark. Some who saw King’s concert complained to the Opry about Apologies from the venue.
In a 2022 interview with the San Diego Union-Tribune, King — who is known for her bolder personality — talked about performing drunk rather than sober.
“You know, now that I’ve done performances both ways, they’re different,” she said. “They don’t call it ‘liquid courage’ for nothing. I mean, how many jobs do you show up to and there are bottles of liquor on the table for you (in your dressing room)? It doesn’t There aren’t many.”
She admitted that she liked drinking and singing, but said she didn’t want to get as drunk as before.
Caitlin O’Kane contributed to this report.
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