Paula Deen's Diabetes Decision Caused Family Rift

Sons nearly left family agency over the decision
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 10:44 AM CST
Paula Deen's Diabetes Decision Caused Family Rift
This Thursday, July 27, 2006 file photo shows Paula Deen, center, and her sons Jamie, right, and Bobby, rear, as they tape her show in Savannah, Ga.   (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)

Paula Deen's publicist isn't the only one upset over the celebrity chef's decision to hawk Novo Nordisk’s Victoza diabetes drug: The decision also caused a rift in Deen's family. Sons Jamie and Bobby were so upset they nearly left Artists Agency, which reps all three Deens and engineered the deal with the drugmaker. Jamie and Bobby weren't concerned about Deen's image so much as her health, however: She was doing well on a different drug, and they didn't want her to switch to Victoza.

Deen "put them both under a lot of pressure and managed to persuade them to stay on with the family management," a source tells the New York Post. And after all that, apparently Deen is doing just fine on the new drug, which reportedly costs $500 per month. In other Paula news, Deen is currently on her "Paula Deen cruise," and was recently recorded chowing down on a cheeseburger—click to watch the video. (More Paula Deen stories.)

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