Because despite deliberately deceiving millions of fans and The Food Network by pimping fried food laden with fat while being a confirmed diabetic, Paula Deen has raked in more than $30 million for her abject deception.
“When your signature dish is hamburger in between a doughnut, and you’ve been cheerfully selling this stuff knowing all along that you’ve got type 2 diabetes … It’s in bad taste, if nothing else,” said Anthony Bourdain.
Now it seems the queen of Southern Fried Fat has an appetite that extends beyond the decadence of fried egg and bacon atop a burger served between glazed doughnuts — Deen also totes around a gaudy collection of vulgar and irreverent profanity.
In a two-minute “blooper reel” Deen provided to a group called Celebrity Chefs Tour, intended to be shown as an introduction to her appearances at a series of live cooking events, Deen blurts out “motherf–kers” and “shee- t” and declares that a dish smells like a “stinky coochie.”
“You ever smelled a stinky coochie?” Deen asks a person off screen. “I know you have.”
New York Post writer Bruce Golding comments that Deen pretends to perform a sex act on a chocolate eclair shortly before declaring, “My ass ain’t pretty no more!”
Deen also describes one gooey concoction as “just a syrup that’s gonna stick our balls together,” and yells “crap” over burned mashed potatoes, then exclaims, “That’s about the nastiest meatball I’ve ever tasted!”
So obscene were Deen’s bloopers — other profane utterances included Deen shouting “bastard” and “f–k” — the tour operators decided the video was unfit for a family-themed cooking demonstration and refused to show it.
“We found it to be unacceptable because it’s certainly not family content,” said Gary Ravet, president of Celebrity Chefs Tour. “We wouldn’t play something like that for a live audience.”
Deen claimed Ravet’s company bounced a check to her and sued him for $1.25 million. Ravet then countersued for $40 million, alleging a breach of contract for failing to do the shows.
In the countersuit, Ravet claimed Deen’s contract required her to provide a “blooper reel” to be shown at her appearances but that they were dismayed to find out it was “laced with expletives and profanities.”
The court battle was settled last week. Terms of the deal are confidential, although Ravet said Deen “paid a lot of money.” He wouldn’t specify, but said the sum exceeded the $300,000 he spent on legal fees.