Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without Dolly Parton. The legendary songstress has become a holiday favorite with her Christmas albums and televisions specials. This year, she is spending the weeks leading up to Christmas promoting the soundtrack for the new movie “Dumplin’,” starring Jennifer Aniston and Danielle Macdonald.
The Dumplin’ soundtrack features 12 of Parton-penned tunes, six old and six new, most of which are performed alongside some of music’s greatest female vocalists such as Miranda Lambert, Elle King, Alison Krauss and Rhonda Vincent. The soundtrack was released on November 29 and Dolly recently made a stop at The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon to promote the album. While there, she dropped jaws with her racy jokes that shocked Fallon, causing him to fall to the floor in embarrassment as Dolly covered her face.
After he composed himself, Jimmy took a moment to praise Dolly for her genuine kindness to everyone around her, saying:
“I just love you so much. I can’t tell you, to your face, how nice you are in real life, in person,” Fallon said. “I’m like ‘You’re Dolly Parton. You can do whatever you want.’ But, you’re so nice to everybody and you’re such a pro and we just love you so much.”
But, is was perhaps her duet with Fallon that people will be re-watching for weeks to come. The pair teamed up for a Christmas medley that fell apart almost as quickly as it started. The two kicked off the performance with Jimmy singing the first verse of the Christmas classic “Sleigh Ride” before Dolly came in with “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” But, Fallon seemed to surprise Dolly when he changed a line of the song to say “Deck the halls with boughs of Dolly.” The change humored Parton and the performance only went downhill from there.
“Jingle Bell Rock” went off without a hitch, but the two cracked up again as Fallon sang “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” It only got more humorous as the pair began to sing the closing song, “We Need a Little Christmas.” It’s unclear exactly what had Dolly and Jimmy in fits, but we can only guess that it was the missed cues or perhaps a little bit of pre-show “moonshine.”
Watch Dolly Parton and Jimmy Fallon’s Christmas medley performance in the video below and let us know what you think.