NEW YORK, NY
Paula Deen‘s publicist, Nancy Assuncao has worked with Deen for the last six years but has decided to quit after Food Network Star have accepted a new diabetes drug endorsement, Victoza.
Deen recently announced her diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes earlier this month, after knowing she had them for the past three years. Assuncao has kept her diabetes secret for three years along with fellow chefs and nutritionists. Deen knowingly continued to push food high in fat and sugar, which her fans now feel portrayed.
As per Fox News, a source said Assuncao “strongly disagreed with Deen’s dramatic turnabout, after years of promoting fatty foods, to announcing she has a deal with a diabetes drug company [Novo Nordisk] and will be promoting lighter food and ‘diabetes in a new light.'”
Assuncao was in a strong disagreement with Paula’s new plan and decided that she could no longer be apart or co-sign with her. Other reports state that Paula was surprised that her celebrity chef colleagues didn’t support her.
Assuncao states, “I’m very grateful for the six years that I worked with Paula in helping her build the Deen brand. Although we had a great deal of fun along the way, I could not agree with the new business strategy going forward. Nonetheless, I wish them continued success.
It seems oddly convenient that Paula decides to come out with her secret after locking a deal with an insulin company, it definitely affects her credit-ability as a chef, Food Network Star, and as a person to her wide fan base.
– Isaiah [@Urban_Foodie14)