Paula Deen, Anthony Bourdain
Paula Deen says she's shocked, but is taking the high road after Anthony Bourdain called her the "most dangerous person to America" and claimed her food "sucks."
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"I was actually kind of shocked considering I've never met Anthony," Deen told Fox and Friends Friday. "I know he's never been to my home; I've never cooked for him. I don't think he's been to my restaurant. I was really shocked that such harsh words could be used."
Bourdain said in this week's issue of TV Guide Magazine that Deen "revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she's proud of the fact that her food is f---ing bad for you." Deen said she has no idea what prompted Bourdain to lash out at her, but suggests it could have been a publicity stunt.
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"I don't know if it was a publicity thing of if someone had just peed in his bowl of cereal that morning and he was mad," she said. "Anthony, dear, I'm so sorry you feel that way. I, too, am put in that position — I'm asked questions that could really get me in trouble, but I wiggle my way around them because some things are best left unsaid. Listen, come to my house, I'll cook you a meal and if you still feel that way about me, so be it. ... I've been around long enough to know to choose my battles and that ain't one of them."
For his part, Bourdain seems to regret his comments — which he claimed on Twitter were actually "worst, most dangerous to America cook on FN [Food Network]."
"Resolved: Next time I'm asked (for the millionth time) who the worst cooks on Food Network are, I'll just shut up," he tweeted. "Who cares?"
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