Norm Macdonald Becomes Latest Comic to Play Colonel Sanders

No Word on Darrell Hammond's Departure From KFC Ads

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KFC has hired Norm Macdonald as the newest comic to play Colonel Sanders in its commercials, a switch from fellow "Saturday Night Live" veteran Darrell Hammond who had been in the role.

Mr. Hammond had only been starring as the Colonel since May. Now, it's Mr. Macdonald's turn to don the white suit and hawk fried chicken. Mr. Macdonald, who appeared on "SNL" for years, more recently has been a judge on the TV show "Last Comic Standing."

"Other than not quite looking like him, his voice being different, and his inability to cook the world's best chicken, we thought Norm was the perfect choice to play the Real Colonel. I think the fans will agree," KFC U.S. Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Hochman said in a statement.

You can check out the new spots here.

No word yet on the reason for Mr. Hammond's somewhat sudden departure. Perhaps Yum Brands, which also owns Pizza Hut, remembered that Mr. Hammond used to appear as Donald Trump on "SNL," including this skit in which he attempts to shoot a commercial for Pizza Hut rival Domino's. Mr. Trump, now a presidential hopeful, has been grabbing headlines this summer.

KFC also announced a family-sized version of its $5 Fill Up meal. The $20 Family Fill Up comes with eight pieces of Colonel's Original Recipe chicken, two large orders of mashed potatoes and gravy, one large coleslaw and four biscuits.

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