Paula Deen isn’t taking Anthony Bourdain‘s criticism with a grain of salt. The TV chef has issued a statement firing back to the “irritable” No Reservations star for calling her the “most dangerous person in America.”
It all started with Anthony blasted Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, Sandra Lee and Paula to TV Guide magazine.
About Paula, Bourdain said, “The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen. She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations and she’s proud of the fact that her food is [****]ing bad for you… plus, her food sucks.”
To be fair, he did semi-apologize on Twitter for the comments, but that hasn’t stopped Paula from issuing an equally unflattering response about Anthony.
“Anthony Bourdain needs to get a life,” Paula told Page Six. “You don’t have to like my food—or Rachael’s, Sandra’s and Guy’s. But it’s another thing to attack our character.”
“My good friends Rachael, Guy and Sandra are the most generous charitable folks I know,” she said. “They give so much of their time and money to help food-deprived, sick children and abandoned animals. I have no idea what Anthony has done to contribute besides being irritable.”
And she had one more dig at Anthony.
“You know, not everybody can afford to pay $58 for prime rib or $650 for a bottle of wine,” Paula added. “My friends and I cook for regular families who worry about feeding their kids and paying the bills… It wasn’t that long ago that I was struggling to feed my family, too.”