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Paula Deen Becomes a Hot Topic on the View

In January 2011, Food Network host Paula Deen appeared on The View to promote her new children's cookbook. Those who caught it know that it wasn't pretty to watch. Put the sassy Paula Deen and the straight-laced Barbara Walters together, and you get an uncomfortable dynamic.

As the ladies of The View sit behind a stupendous spread of fried chicken and other Southern comforts, Paula licks strawberry cake off her fingers and pictures of macaroni and cheese grace the background. Walters then forces the queen of Southern cuisine to answer a rather serious question:

This is a cookbook for kids. Obesity is the number one problem for kids today. Everything you have here is enormously fattening. You tell kids to have cheesecake for breakfast . . . Does it bother you that you are adding to it? No? Not at all?

Stunned, Deen bumbles something about moderation — "you know, we don't eat this every day" — to an unconvinced Walters.

UPDATE: With the news that Paula Deen has type 2 diabetes, the women of The View furthered the debate on "hot topics" this week. Watch the video, and weigh in on your thoughts after the jump

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Kotiya Kotiya 7 years
This video has been removed from youtube. It can currently be found at veoh at Kids are more interested in desserts than healthier foods, so it's a good beginning step for learning to cook. And Paula Deen is VERY passionate about food. I can't watch her cook without her contagious enthusiasm getting me into the kitchen and cooking. Personally I think, if anything, Paula Deen could be helping the cause for people to eat healthier. Bear with me here! I started to eat MUCH healthier once I started cooking my own meals instead of eating processed food. It is healthy to use whole, fresh ingredients (butter is always healthier than margarine!), and going through the effort and time of creating something you want and then being instantly rewarded gives a greater appreciation for food. It becomes something delicious, satisfying, and nourishing, and it makes you feel mentally and physically good whereas junk food is a poison. Certainly anyone would agree that it is better for a kid to bake a dessert when they have a sweet tooth rather than spend their lunch money on candy?
mommyof5children mommyof5children 8 years
THAT was awkward? No, I don't really think so. Paula did a wonderfully job of being hospitable and lovely, and Barbara was the friend you're glad you don't have. Barbara was the one who was so awkward and prudish. I cook organically and everything we make from scratch. Barbara picked an easy target--a sweet little Southern lady who likes to cook and enjoys people. I'd like to see Barbara take on some real threats to nutrition--- Campbells Soup and Yoplait and Kraft who claim to be healthy then load up their foods with additives, hormones, and modified stuff you won't find Paula using in her recipes. Paula just cooks what the FDA okays for us to eat....why is Paula the one who's chastised here?
DCStar DCStar 8 years
I was excited to see this clip - but I was disappointed. I feel that they didn't question her enough. They just sat there gorging while she spouted out little folksy slogans and blabbered on about special occasion eating. Barbara should have kept pursuing the issue instead of indulging in cake.
dani17731 dani17731 8 years
Barbara needs to lighten up! Sure, the question is valid, but I don't think it was the setting to be talking about obesity. You don't HAVE to buy the book!
clew001 clew001 8 years
it's not the i dont think barbara is right, i just dont think she went about it correctly. she needs to pull the stick outta her *** cause the ladies on the view are getting worse and worse as the years go by.
loriborealis loriborealis 8 years
Also, as well as not "bumbling" I don't think Paula was "stunned" by the question either. I read the blurb before watching the video and expected to see a dear-in-headlights look from Paula after reading how "stunned" she was -- she didn't even look surprised at the question. I think she held her own well. You'd have thought she was going to fall all over herself and almost start crying by reading the description of it here.
loriborealis loriborealis 8 years
I agree with DrBrain that it was Barbara who was awkward, not Paula Deen. And I don't think Paula "bumbled" at all.
snarkypants snarkypants 8 years
9 out of the 10 fattest states are in the south. just fyi. yes, i realize that paula deen and southern cooking are not single-handedly causing the obesity problem, there are a million contributing factors. i took a peek at the cookbook today, and like somebody else said, the recipes aren't any worse than what's in other children's cookbooks. i know i said earlier that barbara was right, but after seeing the book, i really think she didn't bother to look at it before her interview. i do think paula deen's "normal" recipes are disgustingly fatty, but she did do a good job with this book. maybe barbara should have done her research. (just like i should have before posting my previous comment)
Danni99 Danni99 8 years
My daughter (9) checked out the book the first week it was in her school's library, which was about 3 weeks ago. Since then we've made her "favorite" recipe from the book, which is a simple fruit kabob. We add a yogurt dip and she's in heaven. Yeah, the book has some recipes you wouldn't want to make every day, but have you seen MOST kiddie cookbooks? The vast majority of them are filled with crap we don't let our kids eat in abundance. They'll have 2/3 of the book devoted to cookies, cupcakes, and cakes, the rest to simple foods that are easy and kid friendly. Fortunately my kids enjoy cooking from *real* cookbooks, particularly Asian and Middle Eastern themed recipes.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
Does anyone really watch The View? BaBa WaWa is not the food police and needs to make those comments/questions so people have something to watch on YouTube.
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