NEW YORK (Billboard) - Country music star Dolly Parton has hit back against Howard Stern’s satellite radio show, which last week manipulated recordings from one of her audio books into seemingly racist and sexually graphic sound bites.
“I have never been so shocked, hurt and humiliated in all my life,” Parton said in a statement on Wednesday. “I cannot believe what Howard Stern has done to me. In a blue million years, I would never have such vulgar things come out of my mouth. They have done editing or some sort of trickery to make this horrible, horrible thing. Please accept my apology for them and certainly know I had nothing to do with this.”
She concluded: “If there was ever going to be a lawsuit, it’s going to be over this. Just wanted you to know that I am completely devastated by this.”
“The Howard Stern Show” frequently utilizes audio book recordings in this fashion; altered clips from “Star Trek” actor George Takei became a staple of the program in recent years.