Celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has “No Reservations” about criticizing fellow famous cook Paula Deen. In the past, he’s called the butter-loving cook the “most dangerous person to America.” Following the announcement of Deen’s diabetes diagnosis on Tuesday, Bourdain didn’t hesitate to make his feelings about the Southern star known.
He started with a passive-aggressive slam.
“Thinking about getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later,” Bourdain tweeted shortly after Deen confirmed she now has Type 2 diabetes.
The statement was an obvious dig at the Food Network star, who is famous for her love of fried food and belt-busting recipes. But despite TMZ’s reports, Bourdain’s fighting words did not get any worse. “For the record: Never called anybody a ‘diabetic scam artist,’” he wrote to fans on Twitter. “[Those were] TMZ’s words. Not mine.”
It’s not difficult to understand why Bourdain is upset by the message Deen is sending her devoted fans. The larger-than-life cook has made a comfortable living off recipes for sugary, fatty Southern calorie bombs for years—a time during which she was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes and was fully aware of the negative effects of her deep-fried concoctions.
Deen was diagnosed with diabetes three years ago, she revealed on The Today Show
Tuesday morning. Why wait to reveal her illness? The timing might just fuel Bourdain’s argument that Deen is a hypocrite focused more on making cash than the health of her fans. After Deen made her announcement, it was revealed that she is now a paid spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, which treats the disease.
This isn’t the first time that the celebrity chefs have sparred in public. Bourdain once blasted Deen for being “proud of the fact that her food is f---ing bad for you.”
At the time, Deen simply told Bourdain to “get a life.”
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