This is so terrible and funny, even though it’s only funny in a medically terrifying, life-threatening way.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen plans to set the record straight about rumors that she’s been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes on a Tuesday (Jan. 17) “Today” appearance on NBC.
On Thursday, the rumor—which first surfaced in a 2010 National Enquirer story—took on new life when The Daily reported that Deen was preparing not only to confirm the diagnosis, but had signed a multi-million dollar deal to become a spokesperson for the diabetes drug Novartis.
Deen—considered the doyenne of Southern cooking—built her reputation on high calorie, high fat recipes and an unapologetic affinity for butter. In August 2011, chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain called Deen “the worst, most dangerous person to America.” Deen also appeared on the “Dr. Oz” show in October and asked for help to quit smoking cigarettes.
The tidbit about smoking is really interesting, actually. Did you know that smokers use ciggies to control their blood sugar? That’s a huge part of the addiction, in fact.
CBS News has a little more information:
Now a source tells The Daily, “She’s going to have to start cooking healthier recipes. She can’t keep pushing mac and cheese and deep-fried Twinkies when she is hawking a diabetes drug.”
Insiders say the Georgia native has started changing her cooking approach and will soon make healthier options available at her Savannah, Ga., restaurant, The Lady & Sons.
Her son, Bobby Deen, has already jumped on the healthier food bandwagon. Earlier this month, he launched the series, “Not My Mama’s Meals,” on the Cooking Channel, where he creates less fatty versions of his mother’s old-fashioned Southern recipes.
There you have it: Paula Deen is probably going to cop to having diabetes this Tuesday. What’s more, her entire business model has to change, now that she’s contractually obligated to shill for Novartis.
Yep, this rumor definitely holds
butter water. And here I am, giggling merrily and morbidly, because it’s like, of course Paula Deen has diabetes.
Let me shift gears. My mother is turning 80 tomorrow—happy birthday, mom!—but a little under a week ago, during her last hospital stint, we found out that on top of every other health ill, she is diabetic. Newly diabetic! At 80 years old, she is “suddenly” diabetic! Her nurse and I had no idea, and anyway, diabetes does not run in our family.
This is such scary stuff. Please, please take care of yourselves, everybody.
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