Queen Latifah wants to bring “The Equalizer” superfan Dolly Parton to the show

Two queens in their own right could soon join forces again.

Queen Latifah has announced she wants country queen Dolly Parton for a cameo on her CBS series The Equalizer, a decade after they starred together in the movie musical Joyful Noise.

Latifah, 52, told Variety Wednesday that Parton, 76, is a “superfan” of the show, which just wrapped up filming on its second season.

“Dolly literally wrote me a letter like, ‘You’re a badass on this show!'” Latifah revealed. “Maybe I need to call and ask if she wants to be there.”

It’s entirely possible that the crooner could make a cameo in the primetime crime drama, as she just guest-starred in another 35mm series.

Parton delighted fans when she appeared in the final episode of Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, which was revealed earlier this week – and reunited with her 9 to 5 co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Latifah previously gushed about working with Parton, telling Access Hollywood in 2012, “She’s funny as hell. She’s funny and quick-witted. She’s a little wild. But at the end of the day, she’s an icon.”

Queen Latifah wants Dolly Parton to get a cameo on her CBS series "The equalizer." The couple are pictured on the set of their film on the left in 2012 "Happy noise." Latifah can be seen on the right in a scene from "The equalizer."
Queen Latifah said she wanted Dolly Parton (left) to get a cameo on her CBS series The Equalizer. The couple are pictured on the set of their 2012 film Joyful Noise on the left. Latifah can be seen on the right in a scene from The Equalizer.
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Latifah says Parton is a big fan of her show.  The couple are pictured together in January 2012.
Latifah said Parton is a big fan of her show. The couple are pictured together in January 2012.
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“[Dolly] works harder than anyone I know,” Latifah cooed on. “She’s committed, she loves music, and she loves her family and friends. She treats everyone around her like family. That means a lot.”

Meanwhile, CBS has yet to renew The Equalizer for a third season, with Latifah saying she’s working hard to keep the show on the air.

“[We’re] digesting what worked and what didn’t because we have some serious fans who love the show,” the actress and rapper told Variety. “We want to make sure we keep them and build on that audience.”

“She’s funny as hell. She’s funny and quick-witted. She’s a little wild. But at the end of the day, she’s an icon,” enthuses Latifah of Parton. They are featured in Joyful Noise.
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Alongside Parton, the Living Single star said her grandmother is the show’s biggest fan. “I’m still at work making sure she’s sitting right in front of the TV every Sunday,” she gushed.

In it, Latifah plays single mother and ex-CIA agent Robyn McCall, who uses her skills to help those “who have nowhere else to turn,” as the tagline goes.

The series – which has received mixed reviews – also starred Chris Noth until he was axed late last year following allegations of sexual assault. His character was written out of the show in an episode that aired early last month.

The series - which has received mixed reviews - also starred Chris Noth until he was axed late last year
Chris Noth has been removed from the CBS series The Equalizer after allegations of sexual assault.
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Latifah told People magazine in January it was a “brutal, delicate situation that demands a lot of respect.”

“Chris’s character is obviously a big part of the show and it was amazing chemistry, amazing chemistry,” she said. “My feeling is that justice must still prevail. I just want the right things to be done, you know?”

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