Dolly Parton makes a surprise guest appearance on ‘The Orville: New Horizons’

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Worlds collided this week when Dolly Parton made a surprise cameo in the Hulu show The Orville: New Horizons.

The sci-fi series, created by Seth McFarlane of Family Guy, guest stars Dolly as a program of herself, created out of records and historical data. According to, she pops up in a conversation with one of the show’s characters, Heveena, who insists that she can’t possibly be the real Dolly Parton.

“I may not be real, but I’m still all Dolly,” the country legend shoots back, a nod to the many times she’s said that she is “real where it counts” — despite her well-documented penchant for flashy clothes, makeup, wigs and her other famous, well, assets.

After her episode aired, Dolly shared a photo of herself from the set on social media. “What an honor,” she wrote in the caption of her post.

“I might be as old as yesterday, but with all this new technology they made me look as new as tomorrow!” Dolly went on to say, “I really hope the fans enjoy it as much as I enjoyed being a part of it.”

Dolly’s appearance comes in season three, episode eight of The Orville.

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