Paula Deen expected to address diabetes reports on 'Today'
Paula Deen is expected to address rumors that she has type 2 diabetes on the "Today" show on Tuesday.
The 64-year-old Food Network star, who is known for her love of fatty comfort foods, is set to sit down with host Al Roker to discuss her alleged health problems.
Deen has long been rumored to suffer from diabetes, but not from the most reputable sources. In May 2011, the National Enquirer reported that Deen had been diagnosed with the condition and on Friday, The Daily claimed that the chef had signed on to endorse the diabetes drug Novartis, which has since been debunked to CBS news by a rep of the drug company.
Deen made headlines in August after exchanging words with Anthony Bourdain, who called her "the worst, most dangerous person in America."
"The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen," Bourdain, 55, told TV Guide. "She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is (expletive) bad for you. If I were on at seven at night and loved by millions of people at every age, I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it's OK to eat food that is killing us. Plus, her food sucks."
Deen, who is famous for her butter-heavy Southern cooking, responded on "Fox and Friends," saying she was shocked, considering she's never met Bourdain and wondered why he used "such harsh words."
"I don't know if it was a publicity thing of if someone had just peed in his bowl of cereal that morning and he was mad," Deen said. "Anthony, dear, I'm so sorry you feel that way."
Deen appeared on "Today" last year and said that the things she couldn't live without include butter and her deep-fryer. One of her most famous recipes is the Lady's Brunch Burger, which consists of bacon and egg on a hamburger served in a glazed doughnut.
The cookbook author's son Bobby Deen took a different approach on his Cooking Channel series "Not My Mama's Meals," where he creates lower calorie versions of his mother's recipes.