In a gesture that’s likely either to quell or to add fuel to a recent war of words between rival TV food personalities, television chef Anthony Bourdain said on an episode of radio’s "Leonard Lopate Show" that he regrets making personal comments about Food Network star Paula Deen, the New York Post reports. But Bourdain added that he still is not a fan of Deen’s food.
"You know, I deserved the whacking I got back on that,” he said. “I hate to beat up on her personally. I feel bad. I stand by the substance of what I said, but I certainly think it came across as more crass, personal and just plain nasty than I intended it."
As previously reported, a fight broke out between Deen and Bourdain, who stars on both Travel Channel and Bravo, after he called her "the most dangerous person in America" during a TV Guide interview. In the widely reprinted interview, he reportedly said of Deen: “She’s proud of the fact that her food is f–king bad for you.”
In the radio interview, Bourdain added, "Is it necessary to serve bacon cheeseburger between two donuts? Is that what America needs right now?”