Lily Tomlin Opens Up About “9 to 5” Reunion With Dolly Parton On “Grace and Frankie”

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Is a 9 to 5 reunion in the works? 

9 to 5 co-stars Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda star together on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie. The show’s final season goes into production later in the year, and fans hope Dolly Parton will guest star for a nostalgia-filled episode. 


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While virtually speaking with Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager on TODAY, Tomlin chatted candidly about the chances of a Dolly appearance in the show’s seventh season. In the interview, Tomlin explained: 

“Well, we’re always hoping that will happen. We’ve got a great role for her this time. I think she will do it. I’m just hoping she will. And we hope she can do it and we think she can do it by remote.”

The famous trio starred together in the 1980 hit comedy, 9 to 5, which followed three co-workers who seek revenge on their tyrannical boss. The office satire was Dolly’s debut film appearance. 

Ultimately, a Dolly appearance on Grace and Frankie is still up in the air. Tomlin explained that Dolly’s packed schedule might prevent the reunion from happening at all. 

“She’s unbelievably busy,” Tomlin stated. “She’s always writing books or writing songs or doing something for people or helping people in Tennessee totally.”

You can watch the full interview here.

Check out Dolly’s thoughts on a reunion special in the video below.