VIDEO: Dolly Parton Defends Miley Cyrus' New 'Sexed-Up' Image

Jun. 30 2010, Published 9:20 a.m. ET

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Country music legend Dolly Parton -- appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night -  said  it's time to leave Miley Cyrus alone, as the Hannah Montana star continues to take jabs in the media for her sexed-up image while promoting her new album, Can't Be Tamed.

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Parton, who said she's Miley's unofficial "fairy Godmother" told Letterman: "I'm there for her if she needs me, and I get upset lately, they've been hammering her to death, and she's been trying hard to make the transition from Hannah Montana -- she's 17, and at that age ... I know how I was at 17, so let's leave Miley alone!"

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Letterman said in response, "I think she'll be alright because she's very smart ... I didn't realize how smart that kid is."

Cyrus appeared on Letterman earlier this month and addressed the controversy, saying, "I'm still a kid and I still do kid things. Anyone who says, 'She's growing too quickly,' doesn't know me personally."


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