Food Network star Paula Deen caused quite an uproar last week when she announced that she not only has Type 2 Diabetes, but that she has also partnered with a drug company to promote her new diabetes website. While some fans were supportive of the butter-loving cook, many were outraged that she kept her condition a secret for three years.
And apparently her fans aren’t the only ones feeling betrayed. According to the Huffington Post, Deen was shocked by all the public backlash, but the biggest surprise of all was that none of her fellow Food Network hosts spoke up in support. The supposed reason for their silence? Because she kept them in the dark about her illness.
“The amount of chefs that would have come forward with public statements of support and sympathy would have been overwhelming if it wasn’t for the fact that Paula hid her diagnosis for three years. To only tell the truth when you have locked in a paid spokesperson deal for a non-insulin medication is just too toxic for anyone to want to be involved with,” says HuffPo.
And apparently it wasn’t just fans and other chefs who were kept in the dark about Deen’s diabetes. Until she made her announcement, not even the network knew her secret.
“You have heard correctly, Food Network learned last week about Paula’s diagnosis,” says Vice President of Communications, Irika Slavin. As for her take on the other chefs’ silence? “Each has their own team’s reps, who I imagine would be advising their clients.”
HuffPo reached out to representatives for several Food Network stars, but the only response was one off the record comment: “So here’s the deal, none of our chefs want to go on the record saying anything about her. However, I heard someone say it would be news if she didn’t get diabetes. So I guess friend, butter is bad for you. Who knew?”