On the occasion of the highly anticipated second season of Not My Mama's Meals on the Food Network, the New York Post talks to host Bobby Deen (son of pharma shill/grease queen Paula Deen). Not My Mama's Meals is Bobby remaking his mom's recipes into healthier versions — hamburgers become portobello burgers, for example — in an attempt to improve the family's corrupted, fat-laden image. The story also calls the Deen family "America's first family of food." Does that make Bobby Deen the grease prince?
Anyway, the story has a not unexpected reveal: "He was aware of Paula's [diabetes] diagnosis before and during production of the first season." So, questions: Did execs at the Food Network know about Paula Deen's diabetes diagnosis? Were they complicit in hiding it from the public until Paula Deen was ready to announce it (alongside a multi-million dolla pharma deal)? Did the network approve the show as part of a pre-emptive campaign to improve Paula Deen's image before the big announcement?
· The Deen Gene [NYP]
· All Paula Deen Coverage on Eater [-E-]