Paula Deen loves salsa ... just not salsa dancing.
A Dancing With the Stars source says the former Food Network star, 66, was in fact courted by the ABC show, but turned down an offer to compete this fall.
"The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," explains a source, though it's unclear why, as it's one of the easiest and best PR boosts around.
DWTS co-host Tom Bergeron hopes she'll reconsider, since, "We've seen career resurgences after the show. People go, 'I remember why I love that person!'"