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Paula Deen: Bourdain Remarks 'Very, Very Cruel'

Celebrity chef speaks out in 'Prevention'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2012 11:47 AM CDT

(Newser) – Paula Deen sat down with Prevention for her first major interview since announcing her diabetes diagnosis, and says that Anthony Bourdain's comments about her have been "very, very cruel." She was particularly distressed by Bourdain comparing her situation—hawking fried, buttery food and then shilling for a diabetes drug—to a person breaking his leg in order to sell crutches. She thought that "was awful, because people out there with diabetes haven’t chosen this. It’s not their fault," she says. Asked what she would serve Bourdain for dinner should he, for some reason, come over to her house, Deen said maybe "a salad with a rotisserie chicken on top."

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She had much kinder words for Saturday Night Live, which did a spoof of her that Deen says made her "just die laughing." (She'd like to be on the show herself—thinks "it would be a hoot.") She also, of course, addresses her new eating habits (more squash, less ham), her awareness work (a cooking demo at an American Diabetes Association expo), and her theory on why more teenagers are getting diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (fast food). Click for the full interview. (Read more Anthony Bourdain stories.)

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