Paula Deen Is Joining 'Dancing With the Stars' (Yeah, That Paula Deen) (GIFS)

The latest Dancing with the Stars leak to hit the Internet names Paula Dean as a contestant on the reality show's upcoming season. The celebrity chef is somewhat of a casting surprise considering the controversies that have surrounded her for the past several years.

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Paula, once a Food Network favorite, was yanked from the channel after admitting she had used a racial slur during a videotaped deposition.

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So our feelings about Paula's addition to the cast are mixed. Upon first hearing the news, we were kind of at a loss for words.

And then we let it sink in.

Then we gave ABC's choice a bit of side eye.

I mean, this is just for ratings, right?

Couldn't they cast this guy instead?

I'm curious to see who they pair Paula with as far as a professional dancer. Historically fan favorite Tony Dovolani ends up cutting a rug with the contestants who fall on the older end of the cast spectrum, but it's really anyone's guess.

Dancing with the Stars returns to ABC on Monday, September 14, at 8/7c.

 

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