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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.

Paula Deen...

  • Wasted
  • Just Paula
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 ...

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two cents    

Isn't she diabetic? It could have been a blood sugar issue. Not a big deal. Stop it TMZ.

422 days ago
2.

judy jetson    

WTF!?!?!?

422 days ago
3.

Suze    

Did anyone stop to think that maybe her blood sugar was out of whack? She's a diabetic! Idiots!

422 days ago
4.

Supr Dav     

DRUNK!

422 days ago
5.

rosemaryxoxo    

Maybe a little buzzed?

422 days ago
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moveover    

She's lost whatever credibility she had before she kept her lie secret about having diabetes. NEXT!

422 days ago
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lisa c    

She is not drunk. She needs to tone it down a tad and help her son launch his career. He takes a more serious approach to cooking.

422 days ago
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Truth    

"Doesn't seem like she was hammered ... just her usual loud, uninhibited self." -- Yet, you put it out there, don't you?

422 days ago
9.

CC    

She has WAYYYY to much make-up on and its not the right shade...ugh

422 days ago
10.

Mikey    

Paul Deen stories? Why no story about Rasoul Speight. who set a record yesterday by hiding 100 bags of heroin in his anus.. Where's that story?

422 days ago
11.

JJ    

Maybe too many rolled sausages?

422 days ago
12.

Maire    

Just Paula being Paula. However I did think the Today bunch seemed a little anal retentive

422 days ago
13.

jeannie    

Paula Deen isn't interested in cooking now. She wants to be a comedian but is just plain crude

422 days ago
14.

PhilipMarkum    

She is very strange...probably a lot of fun...but strange.

422 days ago
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Jan    

NBC is 5th in ratings. The Today Show has a bunch are joyLESS souls. Paula was trying to get their poor ratings a boost having a good time. We LOVE Paula. The Today Show cast, NOT.

422 days ago
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