UPDATE: March 4 -- In a statement provided to The Huffington Post, Kevin Hochman, KFC's chief media officer, said that comedian David Alan Grier's tweet on Thursday that he had been cast as the chain's figurehead was a joke.
"There is no new Colonel Sanders," Hochman said. "We are very excited to learn that Mr. Grier is such a big fan of KFC and The Colonel. We're a big fan of him as well. We hope to continue the conversation with him over a $5 Fill Up."
Talk about breaking barriers in the world of fried chicken.
David Alan Grier announced via Twitter on Thursday that his next gig will involve peddling chicken as Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders for the company's forthcoming ad campaign -- making him the first African-American to command the role.
Alan follows a revolving list of actors -- including Jim Gaffigan, Norm Macdonald and Darrell Hammond -- who have portrayed KFC’s famous brand ambassador, which is inspired by the company’s founder Colonel Harland David Sanders. M.C. Hammer and Ray Charles also starred in a series of commercials during the early 1990s.
Congrats, Alan! It’s a greasy job, but someone’s got to do it!