On Thursday, Dolly Parton gave TODAY co-host Hoda Kotb Marriage advice. Hoda just got engaged to longtime boyfriend Joel Schiffman in November and so Parton dropped a few gems for what to expect during marriage.
“I would say if you’re trapped in the house with him, you might want to be in separate rooms,” Parton said. “The reason it worked for me is because I’ve stayed gone. I can’t get away now. I’m stuck there now. I might find out who he is. We may not make it until the next anniversary.”
Parton mentioned that it was crucial that her and her husband are able to allow humor to help get through the tough times.
“We both are very crazy people, and we have a completely different sense of humor, but we just absolutely laugh all the time and that’s been true through the years,” she said. “I think there’s a whole lot to be said about being good friends, but a good sense of humor, like even right now during these times I’ve been making jokes about some of the stuff. People say, ‘Oh you shouldn’t be talking about that.’ I say, ‘Oh, I know it’s no laughing matter what’s going on, but laughter truly is the best medicine, and it’s true with relationships as well.'”
Parton also mentioned how she felt about the recent passing of friend Kenny Rogers, a fellow country music legend who died at 81 earlier this month.
“When Kenny passed away, it caught me by surprise,” she said. “I knew he wasn’t doing well, but it was just like I lost someone so close to me it just broke my heart. It just shocked me. I was very emotional about it for several days, and then I kind of put it in a peaceful place knowing that he’s at peace. I’ll always treasure what we had together.”
The country music star also started a new online show called, “Goodnight with Dolly,” in which she will be reading bedtime stories starting Thursday at 7PM (EST) on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“I thought this would be a wonderful time with kids having to be stuck at home with their parents, (and) the parents being stuck with kids,” Parton said. “I thought, ‘Why don’t I just read a book to everybody while their parents have their kids up in bed?'”
Parton also announced on Instagram Wednesday that she has donated $1 Million to the Vanderbilt University Hospital in Tennessee to help in efforts to end the spread of coronavirus:
“My friend, Dr. Naji Abumrad, we’ve been friends for years … and he was telling me they had come up with a bridge treatment to save lives while they find the vaccine,” Parton said. “I don’t know exactly all the details about it, but they’re very excited about it, it’s something very helpful.
“I just felt like this was the time for me to open my heart and my hand and try to help with that.”