Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods Host, Weighs in on Paula Deen

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Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern will put anything in his mouth, so perhaps it's not a huge surprise that he's not afraid to open it when it comes to Paula Deen.

Deen's controversial decision to hide her diabetes from her fans, then reveal it only in conjunction with shilling a diabetes-fighting drug, hasn't sat well with many.

Anthony Bourdain, for one. Zimmern, for another.

The Travel Channel star revealed his thoughts on Deen to Anderson Cooper, saying the circumstances surrounding her diabetes diagnosis speak for themselves.

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"I famously came out last year against a whole bunch of cooks - not just Paula Deen - and what they cook and what they stand for," Zimmern told Anderson.

"I have a tremendous platform and responsibility to talk to people about issues, about sustainability and about health and wellness when it comes to food."

"I think it became a much more personal thing when she found out she had diabetes. I can't judge what you do when you get that news, that's up to Paula."

Asked if he would keep cooking fattening food, as Deen did for years, if he had received a similar diagnosis, the Bizarre Foods host answered diplomatically.

"Personally, I change my diet every time I find out something new," he said.

"I famously tasted shark fin soup many years ago before we knew exactly what was going on with the harvesting of sharks. I've consequently come out against it."

"I make personal choices in my life and stand behind them."

"I am very much a person who likes to change with the times. Education is what it is all about," he explained, declining to publicly condemn Deen.

The general public, by and large, has not reacted as evenly.

Deen is reportedly incredulous over the backlash she's received since coming clean earlier this month, which has been considerable to say the least.

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her medical conditions are no ones business she is a damn good cook and that is all the general public needs to know

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SHAME ON YOU PAULA DEEN! SO GREEDY AND SO SAD! SUCH A HYPOCRITE ....GREED MADE HER WITHHOLD HER DIABETES DIAGNOSIS PERIOD. IN MY OPINION, HER SHOWS SHOULD BE CANCELLED AND HER BOOKS PULLED OR BOYCOTTED. IN ADDITION, TO HER OVER PRICED KITCHEN ITEMS THAT SHE SELLS.

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I can BBQ you the best chicken you have ever had!!! If you want to try it, contact me!!!

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No one needs a drug for Type 2 diabetes but the drug makers still take in 3 Billion a year from Type 2 diabetes. Doctors are also the silent partner of the "druggies" because the give drugs rather than telling people the illness can be reversed naturally. Paula Deen has a bigger problem, the drug she is going to sell cost $ 500 dollars a month and was beaten by aPaula Deen hid 2 big Facts 1. She knew she had diabetes and hid this fact from the public to keep the money rolling in 2. Her $500 dollar a month drug was beaten by a $20 dollar specialized diabetes diet in a study. She hid this fact from her viewers. This goes way beyond her terrible diet just google SPIRIT HAPPY DIET

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