“No Reservations” host and author Anthony Bourdain has been pretty outspoken about Southern-fried Food Network host Paula Deen, and he kept the hits coming during a conference call Thursday (April 5) in response to Paula Deen telling Prevention magazine that his comments about her were cruel.
Bourdain has previously called her “the worst, most dangerous person to America.” And after she came forth about her type 2 diabetes diagnosis and the subsequent report of a partnership with Novo Nordisk, maker of Victoza, the drug she’s reportedly been taking to control the disease, he tweeted, “Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later.”
In the May issue of Prevention magazine, Deen responds, “I thought, oh my gosh, what hospital did he just get out of? … People out there with diabetes haven’t chosen this. It’s not their fault. I thought that was very, very cruel.”
To which Bourdain says, “I think she’s being disingenuous. I think she’s very good at playing the victim. … This is a big company who rolled out a new product — a diabetes drug — after selling doughnuts to children for years.”
He goes on to say that this isn’t about diabetes, and he feels bad for anyone who has the disease.
“It’s an epidemic in this country,” he says.
What do you think of Bourdain’s response?