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See Dolly Parton Recast ‘Jolene’ as ‘Drag Queen’ on ‘Kimmel’

Country’s grand dame also performs the breezy “Outside Your Door” from her ‘Pure & Simple’ album

On Monday night, ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel welcomed Dolly Parton to his show for the first time, telling the global icon that after 13 years of doing the series, “I finally feel like a real talk-show host because you are here.”

Dressed in a glittery, form-fitting outfit, which she joked was “pure and simple” – to match her recent Number One album – Parton quipped, “I just want you to know I’m not smuggling Matt Damon in here,” a reference to the Oscar-winning actor who has been the butt of countless jokes on the show.

Parton, who was on the West Coast to host two sold-out shows at the Hollywood Bowl over the weekend, told Kimmel she loves the “great energy” of the legendary venue and also enjoyed seeing many of the people she works with in Los Angeles, including, she joked, “all my doctors, my plastic surgeons, they were all there. I told [the audience], ‘I’m a self-made woman and I’ve got the doctor bills to prove it.'”

The 70-year-old entertainer also addressed another of her many sizable assets – her large gay following and the number of drag queens who show up at concerts dressed like her. “When I see them, instead of ‘Jolene’ I do [sings] ‘Drag queen, drag queen, drag queen, I’m beggin’ of you, don’t take my man.'”

Later in the show, Parton took the outdoor stage to perform the breezy “Outside Your Door” (watch the performance below), one of standout tracks from her seventh chart-topping LP. After a short break, the fourth leg of the Pure & Simple Tour kicks off November 15th with a performance at the LeConte Center near Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Additional dates are scheduled through mid-December.

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