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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!'"

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Paula Deen has been laying low following her now-infamous racism scandal, which saw Food Network axe her show and her biggest sponsors cut ties with her.

At least one star wants to boost her comeback, however.

Deen of Cookin'

Dancing With the Stars' Cheryl Burke says Deen would make a great contestant, and that coming on board the ABC hit would help her image rehab.

“I think that you'd probably see a different side of her and I think she would be a great addition to the cast,” the pro ballroom dancer told ET Canada.

“Doing something light and fun would be good for her.”

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