Paula Deen won’t go ‘Dancing’

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FILE - In this Dec. 30, 2010 file photo, Paula Deen speaks in Pasadena, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

We’re just weeks away from hearing who the next batch of quasi-celebrities will be on Dancing with the Stars.

One person you will definitely not see on the parquet floor: Paula Deen. According to the edition of US Weekly that will hit stands Friday, the disgraced Dixie gourmand has turned down an offer from ABC to appear on the new season, which begins Sept. 16.

Host Tom Bergeron hasn’t given up lobbying, telling US: “We’ve seen career resurgences after the show. People go, ‘I remember why I love that person!’”

It may be too soon, Tom, for Deen to bounce back from her inflammatory racial comments. Maybe you could get Riley Cooper. He’s apparently already been forgiven.

Deen’s decision to sit this one out may be wise for another reason. At 66, the butter-loving culinista might find the tango a bit taxing.


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