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Paula Deen

DRUNK On 'Today'

... Or Just Goofy??

2/22/2013 8:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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10:28 AM PST
:  A rep for Paula tells TMZ ... the notion that she was drunk is ridiculous, because Paula's not a drinker.
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She INSISTED the morning mojito she sipped on was of the virgin variety ... but Paula Deen's goofy, salsa-dancing, chicken-ball obsessed appearance on "Today" had the Internet asking ... was she drunk??

Deen and her son kicked it with the morning show gang in Miami this morning to talk food -- but Deen was taking the conversation all over the place ... and people on Twitter began to question her sobriety.

She started with an impromptu hip-shaking salsa dance ... before talking about a run-in with a skunk that went down before the show began. Deen also tried to make the hosts smell her hands.

Then came a round of mojitos (Deen asked if they were virgin) ... and then a cooking segment, in which Deen professed her love for "chicken balls" ... prompting Al Roker to comment, "Set your watches, that's where it all went wrong."

Doesn't seem like she was hammered ... just her usual loud, uninhibited self. 

Still, we gotta ask ...

160 COMMENTS

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76.

Joe    

TMZ. Paula Deen is not drunk. She's Paula Deen. You are serious hacks that like to sling mud at anyone. I hope you get a life one day. TMZ really that's what you call yourselves. I can think of 3 other letters. WTF?

575 days ago
77.

jawgie    

That's just Paula - who makes up the gossip s***??

575 days ago
78.

Mei    

Since she is a diabetic her levels could have been out of whack. I do believe that was the case as I am also a type 2 and have to watch myself, eat on time, eat right stuff, not be over tired or I get silly and am accused of being drunk. I also think that many are out for her, they don't understand the illness or her personality. Oh one more thing, I also have been told that since I have gotten older my remarks are sometimes out of line and those that look for off color remarks find them to be so.

575 days ago
79.

mikiesmonkey    

I'm from Charleston, SC, and this woman is an embarrassment to southerners - trust me! That FAKE, over the top southern accent is nauseating. I don't know a soul here in Charleston who says "y'all" in every sentence as Paula does. Go away, Paula Deen !! UGH!

575 days ago
80.

mikiesmonkey    

I'm from Charleston, SC, and this woman is an embarrassment to southerners - trust me! That FAKE, over the top southern accent is nauseating. I don't know a soul here in Charleston who says "y'all" in every sentence as Paula does. Go away, Paula Deen !! UGH!

575 days ago
81.

Linn    

She is diabetic and sometmes this happens when meds need to be adjusted or sugar levels drop.

575 days ago
82.

Van    

She looks like Pamela Anderson after being worked on by Dr. Frankenstein and Sir Burger King

575 days ago
83.

Peg    

What's wrong? LiLo laying low this week?
If she was "drunk" then she's ALWAYS drunk, because that is classic, funny, silly Paula. Stop looking for trouble where there isn't any.

575 days ago
84.

Lassie    

So? I was drunk WATCHING her on TV.

575 days ago
85.

Melody    

She's not drunk, just being her usual loud, obnoxious, irritating self. I can't stand that ignorant, over-embellished southern drawl of hers. I couldn't be in a room with her for more than 5 minutes before I'd have to slap the sh*t out of her.

575 days ago
86.

Howard Hork    

I've seen lots of drunks and the "but officer I'm diabetic" plea doesn't work. I would have given her a test.

575 days ago
87.

James    

I think she is the most obnoxious person on the planet. Can someone PLEASE teach her how NOT to talk through her nose! That voice could peel paint off a wall.

575 days ago
88.

Howard Hork    

I've seen plenty of drunks. The "...but officer I'm diabetic" doesn't work. Quit leaning on your illness others. I would have given you a roadside test Paula.

575 days ago
89.

jibber652    

She is diabetic and should not be having anything with alcohol. She is goofy to begin with so it is probably just her and her act. That is one thing I do not like about her to much goofyness I watch to learn to cook something not her acting like an goofball, she can be annoying.

575 days ago
90.

Richard Daniels    

It is customary in our house to turn off the TV (or at least change the channel) whenever Ms. Deen is on. Offers little, she does.

575 days ago
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