Published January 13, 2015
Dolly Parton is threatening to sue "The Howard Stern Show" for manipulating recordings from one of her audio books last week into seemingly racist and sexually graphic sound bites.
The country performer released a statement Wednesday saying editing or trickery made it appear she was commenting on topics and celebrities including Kenny Rogers, Linda Ronstadt, Burt Reynolds and Johnny Carson in a segment that aired May 6.
"I have never been so shocked, hurt and humiliated in all my life," Parton says in the statement. "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.
"If there was ever going to be a lawsuit, it's going to be over this," she continued. "Just wanted you to know that I am completely devastated by this."
The "Stern" show regularly uses altered clips from "Star Trek" actor George Takei, William Shatner, Oprah Winfrey and others.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.