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Internet duped by fake Dolly Parton TikTok account, now removed

The iconic entertainer knows how to make an entrance, but it turns out it was all an elaborate ruse.
/ Source: TODAY

Fans of Dolly Parton were thrilled to find the country music superstar had joined TikTok...only to discover it was all a clever prank by someone on the internet.

The queen of country music appeared to make her debut on the video-sharing app Sunday.

“Woohoo!” the beloved entertainer exclaims in a clip that had more than a million likes before its removal. “Well hello, I guess I’m on TikTok!”

The 75-year-old wears a bright yellow and blue ensemble as she sat on a piano bench.

“I just dropped in to say everything’s gonna be OK,” she continued. “You keep the faith.”

She went on to sing a few bars from her 2017 children’s album, “I Believe in You."

By Monday night however, the account @itsdollyparton had been taken down and the video deleted.

A spokesperson for the country singer explained to TODAY that an unverified user had taken an old video from Parton's Imagination Library website and "doctored it."

"Take a closer look..." the spokesperson added, noting that the social media platform had removed the video.

A spokesperson for Tik Tok confirmed the video had been removed for violating the platform’s community guidelines around impersonation.

If the Tennessee Songbird decides to join the social media platform on her own terms, it's clear her fans will be overjoyed.

On the fake post before it was removed, one fan commented that “THE LEGEND HAS ENTERED THE CHAT." Another added, “This can’t be happening! We don’t deserve this!!!”

The official Spotify TikTok called it “the moment we’ve all been waiting for.” And CMT followed the lead of numerous others who also wrote, “The Queen has arrived.”

Meanwhile, several other musical legends have recently joined the platform.

Back in June, Cher shared her first and only clip on the site, kicking things off with the line, “It’s me, the great and powerful Cher, and I’m on TikTok.”

And just last month, Swedish pop superstars ABBA added their voices to the TikTok chorus, too, in anticipation of their comeback album and digital show.


CORRECTION (Sept. 27, 2021, 10:30 p.m. ET): This story initially labeled the @itsdollyparton account as run by country superstar Dolly Parton herself. It has been updated to reflect that the now-removed TikTok account was from an unverified user and with comment from Parton's team.