By this point you’re probably aware of the KFC ad campaign that portrays comedians as the iconic Colonel Sanders. One where Darrell Hammond, Norm MacDonald, and currently Jim Gaffigan have all portrayed the famous chicken man. While the campaign gave off the appearance that every so many months a new comedian would take over the role, it now seems like that was a plan not shared with the first comedian, Darrell Hammond.
Hammond, who recently guested on the Opie & Jim show stated that KFC had not revealed to him that he was going to be replaced and he was harboring some hard feelings because of this.
Hammond took a very method approach to his portrayal of Sanders adding that KFC helped him by giving him books about Sanders and even allowed for him to meet the Sanders family. However, had he known that he was to be replaced so soon he probably would not have dived that deep into the role adding, “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 added that he felt like he was played a bit a they “strummed the violin”
Also, as luck would have it Colonel #3, Jim Gaffigan, was also on the radio show. While he heaped praise on Hammond for his work on the character, he did say that he had a different story. Mainly because by the time he became the colonel he was well aware that his run would be brief, revealing that he only signed a limited contract with the fast food giant.