Watch: Tongues Wag Following Paula Deen Appearance on ‘Today’

by | February 23, 2013 at 10:18 AM | The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, TV News

Stop picking on Paula!

That was the first thought that occurred to us when we came across this story on TMZ.com that suggested Paula Deen may have been drunk during a segment on NBC’s “Today Show” last week.

We’re not even particular fans of Deen’s, but we cried foul when we read the story because it’s not at all clear from the videotape we watched that Paula was behaving in any manner that was unusual for her.

Sure, she’s kinda nutty, kinda outspoken, and kinda risque — traits common to scores of TV personalities and talk-show guests appearing on TV everyday. But when Paula exhibited those characteristics this week — during a cooking-demonstration segment with Al Roker in Miami — some observers leveled charges of “BUI” (broadcasting under the influence), according to TMZ.

TMZ’s story even has a Deen rep denying that the Food Network personality was hitting the sauce while preparing chicken meatballs with son Bobby Deen. She was saucy, however, as she made ribald comments about the “balls” she was handling. And while some might say those kinds of remarks (which Deen utters all the time) are tasteless, they are no sign to us that Deen had been drinking. She was just being Paula.

What do you think? Watch the clip, above, and draw your own conclusions.