After television chef Paula Deen revealed her diabetes diagnosis this week, some are questioning her motives for revealing the illness while profiting from an endorsement deal from a pharmaceutical company that makes a diabetes medication, reports The New York Times.
Deen, a Food Network star, said she received the diagnosis three years ago, prompting some to criticize her for keeping her illness hidden for so long, the story notes.
Others say Deen is being hypocritical by deciding to profit from a disease they believe she helped bring on herself through her gooey, butter-laden concoctions, the story says.
One woman wrote on Facebook, "Sorry Paula. I think you hid the disease because the network thought people would dump your show.”
As reported previously, Deen has had a long-running feud with rival TV chef Anthony Bourdain, who has been featured on Bravo and Travel Channel. Bourdain has called Deen “the most dangerous person in America,” and he expressed little sympathy for Deen this week after she revealed her diagnosis.