The celebrity chef has been approached to join the cast of
Whether Deen will actually break out her boogie shoes remains unknown. ABC declined to comment, while a Deen spokeswoman did not immediately return an email. In 2010, Deen said she'd been asked to do the show but declined, adding: "Fat girls don't look good sweating."
But such a move could now be good for both parties. "DWTS" saw ratings erosion this past season as the celebrities failed to ignite much enthusiasm among viewers. A polarizing figure like Deen -- who became embroiled in scandal after admitting to using the N-word in the past -- could give the show the kick it needs to become relevant again.
Deen, meanwhile, would be able to stay in the public eye without reminding people of what got her into trouble. "DWTS" has a long history of exploiting famous people with divisive personas, including Bristol Palin and
The former host of "Paula's Best Dishes" may need some good exposure.
Would you watch Deen on "DWTS"?