*Paula Deen will be back on television this fall as a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” according to reports.
The 68-year-old celebrity chef fell from grace in 2013 when documents in a discrimination lawsuit against her revealed that she had used the N-word in the past. She has resumed her cooking shows through a subscriber-based online channel, but has yet to return to television since being shown the door by the Food Network.
“DWTS” had approached Deen to join the show before, but she declined the offer. “They did ask me and I said no,” Deen said at the time. “Fat girls don’t look good sweating.”
Deen will be joining Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old daughter of the late Steve Irwin, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza, who won the Triple Crown in June.
Meanwhile, nine of the 12 pros have already been announced: Karina Smirnoff will be returning to the show after sitting last season out. Val Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess and Peta Murgatroyd are all set to join the ballroom.
The full “DWTS” season 21 cast will be revealed September 2 on “Good Morning America.”