There's more talk about Paula Deen online than there is butter in cornbread — unless of course it's Paula's cornbread. The chef infamous for her high-calorie, high-fat Southern cooking is reportedly about to announce her diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes.
We know this comes as a shock to all of you, but wait — there's more: She's apparently been trying to keep it a secret but is now planning on revealing it after signing a multimillion-dollar deal with Novo Nordisk to promote the diabetes drug she takes.
Reports say Deen, 64, can no longer even eat her own recipes, and Zagat stated that her restaurant, The Lady & Sons in Savannah, Ga., also will undergo some menu changes — supposedly they offer a "brunch burger" that consists of a fried egg and bacon atop a burger with glazed doughnuts in lieu of buns.
While we can see the positive in this — Deen can now warn others not to eat the kind of food she made a living off of — at the same time, it was only August when she DEFENDED her recipes after Anthony Bourdain called her "the worst, most dangerous person to America." She responded: "You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine. My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills. … It wasn't that long ago that I was struggling to feed my family, too."
It should be interesting to see how her recipes and cooking style undergo the inevitable health makeover.
UPDATE (1/16): Anthony Bourdain discusses Paula Deen's diabetes with Eater.com: Click here to read.
UPDATE (1/17): Paula Deen confirmed today on NBC's "The Today Show" that she has Type 2 diabetes and was diagnosed three years ago.