Country star Reba McEntire confidently returns to comedy: ‘It’s not my first rodeo’

Join Fox News to access this content

Plus special access to select articles and other premium content with your account – for free.

Please enter a valid email address.

Reba McEntire took that one chance and country music has never let her down.

The “Fancy” singer, who earned the Entertainer of the Year award nearly 30 years ago, returns to the stage for the 17th time to present the Academy of Country Music Awards in Frisco, Texas, on Thursday, May 16.

In addition to her hosting responsibilities, Reba will perform her latest single ‘I Can’t’ during ACM’s live broadcast. Her appearance follows the news that her pilot for “Happy’s Place” was recently picked up by NBC for a Friday night in the fall.

If McEntire’s plate seems full, don’t be fooled. She is used to heavy lifting.

REBA MCENTIRE’S RELATIONSHIP COMES FULL CIRCLE WITH NEW SITCOM ALSO FEATURING BOYFRIEND REX LINN

Reba McEntire is ready to return to TV with her new sitcom ‘Happy’s Place’. (Getty Images)

“Happy’s Place” follows the story of Bobbie, played by McEntire, who inherits her father’s restaurant after his death. Not only does she embark on a new venture, she also learns about her new business partner Isabella (played by Belissa Escobedo), who happens to be the younger half-sister she never knew she had.

“I love all genres of entertainment, but the sitcoms are just so much fun because it’s a brand new script every week, and you’re just having fun,” McEntire told Entertainment Tonight.

“It’s really hard to memorize all the dialogue you have to do, but… it’s not my first rodeo. I love it. It’s just playtime. We are really looking forward to it.”

ACM AWARDS 2024: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 59TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS

Reba will also have some familiar faces on set, from when she worked on “Reba” and then “Malibu Country.”

Peterman and McEntire previously worked together for six seasons on the sitcom “Reba.” (Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images)

“We have the same producers, the same showrunner, the same writers, and now we’re back with Melissa Peterman and Rex Linn, my friend, and an amazing cast and crew,” she said.

McEntire first appeared alongside Peterman in the hit sitcom “Reba,” which aired for six seasons on The WB and then on The CW from 2001 to 2007. The show was a huge success, and aside from its dynamic characters, the show is remembered for its theme song, “I’m a Survivor,” sung by McEntire.

REBA MCENTIRE ‘DON’T HAVE MUCH CONFIDENCE IN’ MARRIAGE AFTER 2 FAILED ATTEMPTS, BUT WOULD MARRY BEAU REX LINN

She met her boyfriend, Rex Linn, almost 40 years ago while working on the 1991 film, “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw.” They instantly bonded three decades later when she guest-starred on his show “Young Sheldon,” and they were already dating by the time she appeared with him on Season 3 of “Big Sky.”

McEntire and Linn started dating in 2020, after originally meeting in 1991. (Gilbert Flores)

McEntire recently starred in the final season of “Big Sky,” with friend Rex Linn. (Michael Moriatis/ABC via Getty Images)

Do you like what you read? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

“I’ve been married twice. After the second one resolved, I don’t have a lot of confidence… being tied to a piece of paper or a ring,” she told E! News. ‘But I really am dedicated to Rex, so if that’s something he feels very strongly about, that’s fine with me. He has never been married before. So if he wants to experience that, that’s fine with me.”

McEntire was previously married to Charlie Battles, from 1976 to 1987, and Narvel Blackstock, from 1989 to 2015.

She is close to her only son, Shelby Blackstock, whom she welcomed with her ex in 1990. Narvel is also the father of Brandon Blackstock, the ex-husband of Kelly Clarkson.

Reba McEntire and her second husband, Narvel Blackstock, formally separated in 2015. (Larry Busacca)

Reba has a son, Shelby Blackstock, with ex-husband Narvel Blackstock. (Ed Rode/Getty Images)

“Shelby is a gift from God to me,” she told People magazine. “Were very close. Before Shelby, I was a very self-centered person to a certain extent. But then there’s this little character that you have to protect, nurture, love and teach, so all the attention is not on you anymore.”

Her transition to sitcom star came only after she ruled the charts as the queen of country, and Reba’s had an impressive music career that spanned decades.

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT NEWSLETTER

The Oklahoma-born singer grew up on an 800-acre cattle ranch and was encouraged to perform by her beloved mother.

“It was Mom who encouraged us kids to sing, taught us to sing and took us to our singing jobs,” she told her country’s superstar Garth Brooks on TalkShopLive. “Thirteen years old beer tents and honky-tonks, Peg, Susie and I are going to go there and sing.”

Her first big break came in 1974, when she was hired to sing the national anthem at the National Rodeo in Oklahoma City. Red Steagall caught wind of her performance and Reba later signed with Mercury Records. The duo later collaborated on the 2007 hit ‘Here We Go Again’.

Reba McEntire, who lost most of her band in a tragic plane crash in 1991, sang “I’m Checkin’ Out” at the 63rd Academy Awards. (Getty Images)

In the midst of her blossoming career, McEntire suffered a tragedy. During a 1991 tour, one of two private planes carrying members of her band crashed near San Diego. Eight band members did not survive the crash. The pilot and co-pilot were also killed.

Days after the crash, McEntire put on a brave face and took the stage at the 63rd Academy Awards. Later that year, she released her album ‘For My Broken Heart’, which she dedicated to those who died in the accident.

Despite the tumultuous time, McEntire continued to focus on delivering positive messages to fans through her music. She has released thirteen No. 1 albums in her four-decade career.

APP USERS CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE MESSAGE

Reba has won three Grammy Awards, she has won CMA Female Vocalist of the Year four times, and in 2018 she received the Kennedy Center Honors for her lifetime contributions to American culture. Last year Reba took over Blake Shelton about the reality singing competition show ‘The Voice’.

In 2020, the celebrated singer announced that she would return to her original label, Universal Music Group Nashville, where she spent the first 32 years of her career.

If her pre-show ACM rituals are any indication, Reba puts trust first, just as she always has.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FOX NEWS APP

“I really enjoy presenting the awards, so I don’t have any rituals,” she said in a video shared on Instagram. ‘I don’t have to do anything before I go out, except pray.

“I ask the Holy Spirit to walk for me, talk for me, speak for me and sing for me. And that always gives me the confidence to take that first step and have a good time.”