Dolly Parton revealed that she twice turned down the Presidential Medal of Freedom from the Trump administration but says it wasn’t because of the president.
The Biden administration has reached out about it as well, she says.
Said Parton to Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush on the TODAY show: “I couldn’t accept it because my husband was ill and then they asked me again about it and I wouldn’t travel because of the COVID. Now I feel like if I take it, I’ll be doing politics, so I’m not sure. I don’t work for those awards. It’d be nice but I’m not sure that I even deserve it. But that’s a nice compliment for people to think that I might deserve it.”