Well. Controversy averted! A Dancing With the Stars source told US Magazine that the embattled ex-star of the Food Network, Paula Deen, turned down an offer to compete on the ABC reality competition.
“The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her,” explains a Deen source. (The Paula’s Best Dishes host was dropped by the Food Network in June after she admitted to once using the N-word during a videotaped deposition. The Southern star has also lost multiple endorsement deals.)
Pro, Cheryl Burke must be disappointed. She thought hiring Paula was good casting.
“Right now, lots of controversial things are happening around her and her situation, and I think coming on something light and fun would be good for her.”
Paula, in her 60s, would have probably been a terrible dancer. But would her fans (and she has them, despite losing nearly all of her corporate deals. Some folks are just, like, RACIST SMACIST!) have kept her in the competition? She would have been Bristol Palin part 2 (Conservative fans may have been responsible for keeping the daughter of Sarah Palin around long past her sell date) . Can’t say I’m disappointed in this development.
The second bullet dodged? Fox reporter (and professional asshat) Geraldo Rivera tweeted that HE turned down an offer to dance. “Honored to be asked to do DWTS. It’s a great show, enduring & energetic. Sorry Deena but can’t for lots of reasons including a bad foot Thx.” OY.
Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.