Oh, Paula Deen. The queen of Southern butter-based cooking may well have a secret. Last April the National Enquirer reported that the Food Network star was suffering from Type 2 Diabetes and she never responded, now The Daily thinks it knows why. The iPad paper is reporting Deen "has worked out a multimillion-dollar deal to be the spokeswoman for a pharmaceutical company and endorse the [diabetes] drug she is taking."

Nobody is talking just yet from Deen's camp (or from drug company Novartis), but the Daily's source says that "Paula Deen is going to have to reposition herself now that she has diabetes. She’s going to have to start cooking healthier recipes. She can’t keep pushing mac and cheese and deep-fried Twinkies when she is hawking a diabetes drug." If this is all true, we'll find out soon enough.

It isn't like Deen isn't used to getting flack for her far-from-healthy fare and, as The Daily also points out, she seems to already have made moves to correct her image: Her son Bobby Deen just kicked off a show on the Cooking Network called Not My Mama's Meals in which he cooks up lighter versions of his mother's infamous recipes.

Anyway, if this all turns out to be true we would love for Deen to be the new Wilford Brimley: