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But the harshest criticism was triggered by her simultaneous announcement that she also would be a paid pitch person for drug maker Novo Nordisk’s new online program, Diabetes in a New Light, and for its pricey drug, Victoza, which she takes.
Many wondered why she appeared to wait until she had a paying endorsement before revealing her diagnosis.
“Yes, I am being compensated,” she said Friday. “It’s the way of the world. It’s the American way. But I am taking a portion of that compensation and giving it back to the [American] Diabetes Association.”
Ms. Deen would not say how much she is being paid or what portion would be donated.
Ms. Deen, who is 65, shrugged off the criticism — including that of some fellow celebrity chefs — saying her fans have stood by her.
“I think a few people who have access to a TV camera and ink kind of wanted to hate on me for coming down with something,” she said. “But I so don’t worry about it.”
Following her announcement last month, Ms. Deen said she wasn’t planning to change her approach to cooking. But Friday, she said that when she begins shooting new episodes of her show this spring, the recipes will offer something for everyone, including people who want healthier recipes.
It may, however, be a while before viewers see the difference. Because filming and production schedules are set well in advance, it could take up to two years before those episodes are aired.
‘Bizarre Foods’ host may turn to politics
Andrew Zimmern already knows what he wants for the final course in a career built on a penchant for chowing unusual foods — a helping of politics.
“I’m going to run for public office in Minnesota,” Mr. Zimmern, star of Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods With Andrew Zimmern,” said during an interview with the Associated Press on Thursday at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. “What level? I don’t know. But I don’t want to be a celebrity governor or anything like that.”
Minnesota has already had one of those — former professional wrestler Jesse Ventura, who took office in the late 1990s. And of course there’s also Sen. Al Franken, a former star on “Saturday Night Live” who was sworn in as one of the state’s U.S. senators in 2009.
Mr. Zimmern said that when his career in food is over, he might run for city council or some other local position. Whatever it is, he wants it to be a way for him to give back.
“I want to help people,” he said. “You have to do something for other people while on this earth.”
• Compiled from Web and wire service reports.
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