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Paula Deen Shocked by Diabetes Backlash

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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?”


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  • davee44

    She is shocked because Entertainers live in a fantasy world. They are spoiled and told everything they do is wonderful. Paula Deen is experience reality and this is what is bothering her. Paula Deen hid 2 big Facts

    1. She knew she had diabetes and hid this fact from the public to keep the money rolling in

    2. Her $500 dollar a month drug was beaten by a $20 dollar specialized diabetes diet in a study. She hid this fact from her viewers. This goes way beyond her terrible diet

    just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

    • Agat130

      Just watch “Simply Raw. Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”.

    • maryann55

      The SPRIRIT HAPPY DIET does reverse diabetes and i recommend it but it is not popular on Television yet so people do not know about it. My husband used it to lose weight and he did not have diabetes.

    • No don’t you remember Paula Deen said DIET has nothing to do with diabetes, even though it absolutely does. and she could have educated her large audience of million of people that they too can improve their lives and change their diet instead of putting a bacon and egg cheeseburger in between two krispy kreme donuts. Shes a loser.

  • Cheyennewoman

    I am so tired of hearing misinformed people saying that butter causes diabetes. Diabetes is a disease of CARBOHYDRATE metabolism, NOT fat metabolism. It is sugary and starchy foods that cause diabetes, not fatty foods! Butter is really good for you–as long as you’re putting it on vegetables and NOT bread or pasta.

    • Al

      Diabetes effects carbohydrate metabolism due to insufficient insulin production but dairy products are one of the root causes.

      • tániil’éí

        Laughable, since my ex never consumed dairy products (due to an intolerance) and still received a diagnosis of Type II Diabetes.

    • are red and sweet potatoes better than Grain damage? or about the same?

  • Rowenalynne

    Her deceit was unbelievable like her exaggerated southern accent.

  • melro52

    Paula Deen seems like a perfectly nice woman but she’s lead the country onto horribly unhealthy eating habits and suffers the same because of it. Her endorsement of Smithfield was the end for me. A documentary on Smithfield;s horrific abuse of animals in CAFO’s that polluted the interior of N.C. all the way to the ocean was enough for me not to eat any more red meat, and only free range poultry. Smithfield should be strung up like one of his hogs.

    • Divad527

      If Paula Deen had come clean about having Diabetes three years ago would it have changes the way she cooks on her show or people duplicating her cooking efforts? I don’t think so. I don’t see the deceit in her keeping this info to herself. She never touted her recipes to be healthy ones.

    • Me too, I agree

  • watch “Simply Raw. Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days”. It’s on youtube! Reverse Diabetes with FOOD, not Meds

    • The sad story is that most americans including Mrs.Deen feel that they want to keep eating deep fried bagels and deep fried lasagna and that its easier to swallow a pill or inject themselves with medicine, its unfortunate though that Mrs.Deen has a nationally televised program in which to share unhealthy meals and living and spread lies across america. FIREPAULA.COM

  • mznormann

    Everyone should have the right to choose whether, when and how to share important medical news. It’s no one else’s business so I don’t understand why chefs on a TV network are upset because they weren’t told.

    • because shes profiteering off on innocent and unsuspecting americans who mistake her southern charm for something authentic when it isnt. all she cares about is getting her talent-less sons television shows. Your medical record is your’s to keep private, but she is a public figure who absolutely influences the way Americans eat and live. Her cook books sold over 8 million copies, shell soon have nearly ten restaurants, and has had over five food network cooking shows. To say that she has no influence and could not have done anything to shine a light on a better lifestyle is a fallacy and a lie

      She wanted to wait to announce until she had “something to bring to the table”, so what shes bringing to the table is a $6 million dollar endorsement deal and the promise to continue cooking disturbingly unhealthy food. What she could have brought to the table was some intelligence like a diabetes friendly cook book, or a diabetes friendly restaurant, or how about a small segment at the end of her shows where she can show us how to make one of her recipies for an individual suffering diabetes, high blood pressure, or hypertension, to which most americans suffer from at least one.

      To say diet does not impact your diabetes is absolutely ignorant of reality. Diet absolutely affects your diabetes, and there are many people out there who believe like Mrs.Deen that all of the worlds woes can be solved with a pill or injection. Most Americans preach moderation, but do not practice it at all. This sell-out has angered many who can see below the surface to what this scam truly was. FIREPAULA.COM

  • Why is she shocked? She will do anything to make a dollar, even though she raked in almost $10 million dollars in 2010 alone, she said her and her family needed the Victoza seal because just like Y’all, they had to make money. Shes also opening up to five unhealthy buffets nation-wide, and had a complete missed opportunity to change the premise of her show, and trajectory of her cooking to cater to the millions upon millions of americans suffering self-inflicted illness due to poor diet, and horrible lifestyle choices. So lets have our role model continue to smoke two packs a day, and deep fry bagels and lasagna because we can all just take a magical injection called Victoza to save us. Shes trying to turn loyal fans into future customers. Fellow chefs did not come to her defense because shes dead wrong, thats why her publicist of 6 years also quit. Power and money corrupt Paula, you sold out to the highest bidder now pay the price for your sins. FIREPAULA.COM

  • guest

    I am amused/distressed that every outlet points to butter as the root of Paula Deen’s diabetes, even though this flies in the face of the science of type 2 diabetes. It is the sugar and flour that kept her blood sugar high, that forced her system to release insulin constantly, that burned out her insulin receptors and her insulin producing cells.

    I understand that I have landed in Vegan Land, but to Ms. DeSpain Freeman, I ask that you stop pushing the myth that butter and fats have anything to do with diabetes.

    • curtis

      Check out the work of Dr. Neal Barnard “Reversing Diabetes”. Fats play an integral role in the metabolism of sugar. While it is definitely true that excess sugar is a huge problem here, by reducing fat intake, many T2 people have been able to successfully increase their insulin sensitivity and reduce or even completely get off their meds. Fats do play a role and there is science to back it up. I think it pays for people to have ALL of the information available to them to be able to battle this tragic disease. Also, check out the film “Forks Over Knives” (on Netflix). I personally know several people who have been able to stop all meds after adopting a low fat whole foods, plant based diet. Let people get all of the info and make their own choices.


    …PEOPLE…if you don’t approve of what Ms. Deen has done and/or how she has done it, there is a button on your remote control labeled “off.” USE IT. AND….don’t buy her books or eat at her restaurants….it is pretty simple. She owes us nothing…we bought her books, we watched her shows, we ate at her restaurants. Nobody forced anyone to eat the foods she cooks, watch her shows, buy her books or eat at her restaurants….we made choices to do these things just as Ms. Deen has made choices in her life on where to eat, what to cook, etc. Leave her alone, stop blaming someone else for other people’s ignorance. Educate yourself and make educated choices….EVERYONE can afford to educate themselves….libraries are an amazing resource….FOR FREE….stop the blame game….if you have Diabetes, as I do, I highly doubt it is Paula Deen’s fault….

    • Finally someone with common sense. I agree. I’m not going to point fingers about her deal with the drug manufacturer or whether or not she should have come forward with her diagnosis sooner. Its a free country, she can share or not share as she pleases. I am so disturbed lately at how people hold celebrities responsible for everything. No one put a gun to anyone’s head and said cook this. If you watched her show and made her recipes and ate them knowing your own health conditions then you have no one to blame but yourself. I get the impression that people act like lambs being lead to slaughter, follow the crowd, and then want to blame everyone else for their decisions. If you watched her show, thought her food was unhealthy and then cooked/ate it anyway, you are the stupid one.

  • Eric Starson

    People think diabetes is all about sugar, but the saturated fat in meat and dairy appears to be the main culprit:

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