Dolly Parton Hops on the ‘Ted Lasso’ Bandwagon in the Most Dolly Way Possible

It seems as if everyone is talking about Ted Lasso these days, even Dolly Parton!  The country music icon took…


Lauren Jo Black

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October 1, 2021


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Dolly Parton; Photo via YouTube, Ted Lasso; Photo Courtesy Apple TV+

It seems as if everyone is talking about Ted Lasso these days, even Dolly Parton

The country music icon took to social media to respond to a post from the official Ted Lasso Twitter account after the beloved fictional character gave her a shoutout.

The conversation all began when a Twitter user wrote, “Got the dreaded @SouthwestAir C boarding group. Rather than be grumpy I thought to myself – what would @TedLasso do? So I chatted up a lovely mother and daughter celebrating moms 90th.” 

Lasso’s account was quick to reply with a Dolly Parton reference.

“That’s funny, when it comes to small talk I often ask myself what would Dolly Parton do? Start with the 9 to 5 and end with God Only Knows,” the Ted Lasso account shared. 

That’s when Parton chimed in. 

“You’re too sweet, @TedLasso,” Parton quipped. “I heard you left some @AFCRichmond tickets at will call under my name?” 

The 10-time Grammy winner added a winking emoji at the end of her post. 

For those who may not watch Ted Lasso, Parton was referencing the fact that in the show, Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), leaves tickets for Roy Kent (Brett Goldstein) at will call under the names of famous country singers. 

Throughout the show, tickets were left under the pseudonyms Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton and Shania Twain. And, *spoiler alert* tickets were finally picked up by Kent when they were left under the alias Reba McEntire

This isn’t the first time a country superstar has acknowledged the tickets at will call. 

Last month, after Ted Lasso picked up four Emmys wins, Reba tweeted a congratulatory message to the cast and wrote, ““I tried to get in to the show, but someone forgot to leave my ticket at will call… #RoyKent.” 

Ted Lasso, which airs on Apple TV+, won a total of four Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Jason Sudeikis, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Brett Goldstein, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Hannah Waddingham and Outstanding Comedy Series. 

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Ted Lasso follows the story of Lasso, “a small-time college football coach from Kansas hired to coach a professional soccer team in England, despite having no experience coaching soccer.” 

The show is currently in its second season, streaming now on Apple TV+. 

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.