Travel Channel's Anthony Bourdain blasts Paula Deen following diabetes announcement

Anthony Bourdain, a fellow chef, has watched for years as Paula Deen has fried up fatty food and added heaps of butter to many dishes.

And following Deen's big news revelation, the "No Reservations" host is not planning to stay quiet on the subject.

Bourdain took to Twitter following Paula Deen's announcement that she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years ago. HULIQ reported Tuesday that Deen appeared on "The Today Show" to reveal her condition.

After announcing her diabetes prognosis, Deen revealed that she has decided to become a spokesperson for diabetes drug-producer Novo Nordisk.

"Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later," Bourdain tweeted afterward in an apparent dig at Deen.

Deen has come under fire following the announcement because her recipes are generally considered less-than-healthy. Her meals frequently feature unhealthy ingredients, fried foods and loads of butter, bacon and other fatty substances. With Deen revealing that she's known about her condition for three years, some are questioning whether it was prudent to continue cooking such unhealthy foods.

Bourdain is one of Deen's most vocal critics, and his tweet was just one jab in a long line of criticisms he has aimed at Deen. Last year, Bourdain told TV Guide that Deen was the "worst, most dangerous person in America" because of the health risks her recipes could impose upon viewers.

On Monday, Bourdain spoke to Eater.com where he hinted that Deen's actions were a bit hypocritical.

"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," Bourdain said. "How long has she known? I suspect a very long time."

Bourdain has served as an executive chef in New York City in addition to his job hosting "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel.

As part of her partnership with Novo Nordisk, Deen will be creating diabetes-friendly meals and appearing in advertisements for the drug. The deal is reportedly going to net Deen a multi-million dollar payday.

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Submitted by Priscilla (not verified) on
I'm sad for Paula, but not all that surprised. Maybe she should look into a healthier diet to treat her diabetes instead of drugs? There's lots of interesting information available at this noncommercial, science based site: nutritionfacts.org. To quote the good doctor: "It is too bad Paula Deen missed this opportunity" to tell her fans "that type 2 diabetes can be prevented, managed, treated, and even cured". Read more at nutritionfacts.org/blog/2012/01/18/paula-deen-diabetes-drug-spokesperson/

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