Paula Deen's Publicist: I Quit
Surprise, surprise
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2012 9:49 AM CST
In this Oct. 26, 2009 file photo, Paula Deen applauds at the Women's Conference 2009 Night in Long Beach, Calif.   (AP Photo/Katy Winn, File)

(Newser) – What do you do when your celebrity chef client continues churning out dishes like Deep-Fried Stuffing on a Stick or Cheesy Ham and Banana Casserole three years after she learns she has Type 2 diabetes, only to start shilling for a drugmaker? If you're Paula Deen's publicist, you walk. Nancy Assuncao, who worked with Deen for six years, quit over Deen's plan to hawk a diabetes drug, the New York Post reports.

Assuncao “strongly disagreed with Deen’s dramatic turnabout, after years of promoting fatty foods, to announcing she has a deal with a diabetes drug company and will be promoting lighter food and 'diabetes in a new light,'" says a source. Assuncao herself adds, "I could not agree with the new business strategy going forward." Deen's new rep was "on the Paula Deen cruise" and unavailable; the Post notes that that jaunt is a "'tasty journey' in the Caribbean with a group buffet dinner, a cooking demo, and a personal photo with Deen (one per family)." If you can't get enough, click to see Deen's last meal before announcing her diagnosis, or her unfortunate "six-word memoir."

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Jan 24, 2012 8:26 PM CST
She should be sued by the thousands who have avidly followed her recipes and are now riddled with cholesterol laden arteries. She had the gall to keep it quiet for 3 years and now come clean while plugging her son's " low calorie" cook show - trying to pass the lucrative cookshow baton to her heirs! And making a fast buck as spokesperson for some diabetic drug. She sure is a prime specimen of a greedy and no-guilt opportunist!Everyone must boycott her son's cookshow, so the networks will can it. She is plugging it cause she well knows how lucrative such shows are... Remember even without his own cook show, this son and all her offsprings are going to be very wealthy with all the millions she has made over the years, when finally and hopefully Porky Paula kicks the can!
Jan 24, 2012 5:15 PM CST
Nancy Assuncao = a woman with principals. Good for her.
Jan 24, 2012 5:02 PM CST
This Woman found a way to deep fry a stick of butter!! By adding cream cheese!