In a Tuesday appearance on CNN's Larry King Live, legendary actress-singer Dolly Parton said she loves her gay fans.

The star of Nine to Five and Steel Magnolias reminisced about her over 40-year career with her host.

When King asked her about her loyal gay following, the 64-year-old entertainer said: “I have a lot of gay fans, female and male. A lot of people feel they've grown up with me.”

“I've always believed that a person should be who they are and you should be comfortable being who you are and people should leave you alone to be who you are and how you are. So I think I've always been accepted in the gay community because I accept them.”

Parton, whose Dollywood theme park in Tennessee is celebrating its 25th anniversary, also said she didn't understand why gay teens would be bullied by classmates.

“You can't tell me that people are any way other than how they're supposed to be,” she said. “I don't think gay people are trying to be different just to make other people miserable. … I think we should be a little more tolerant and a little more accepting and understanding.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)