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Paula Deen to judge Miss USA

6a00d83451d79a69e200e55205f2528833-800wiButter-loving celebrity chef Paula Deen will be among the judges at the the next Miss USA pageant. The Donald Trump production, at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, is May 16.

“Y’all I am so excited!” said Deen, who tweets just like she talks, in a recent Twitter post. “I’ll be in Las Vegas in about a week. I’m so looking forward to the pageant and to meeting all those great young women.”

Not to be confused with the far more chaste Miss America pageant, Miss USA is being promoted on a flashy Web site that says, “See you in Vegas, baby!” and features racy photos of the contestants wearing sultry come-hither looks and little else.

Contestant Cassady Lance of Savannah

Contestant Cassady Lance of Savannah

The Georgia contender, by the way, is Cassady Lance, 25, of Savannah. Like the other young lovelies she appears in a provocative pose clad in lacy lingerie.

From her photo, we are guessing Lance is probably not a regular at either The Lady and Sons, Deen’s meat-and-three palace in downtown Savannah, or Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House, her brother’s temple to fried seafood on the road from Savannah to Tybee Island, where Deen lives. Seems like the effervescent Deen, who never met a morsel of food she couldn’t improve by dredging in flour, might have noticed that.

“I don’t think they are going to let me feed ‘em,” she tweeted, ”but just between you and me, a good meal wouldn’t kill ‘em.”

By the way, Deen made a surprise visit to Piedmont Park last night. A reception for Harrah’s Casino was going on and out steps Paula! (She runs restaurants at Harrah’s properties).

She was her trademark spunky self when asked if she had lost weight.

“No, I have not lost one pound. TV is cruel. They say it puts 10 pounds on you, but I’m hoping it’s more like 30. I can’t be that fat!”

11 comments Add your comment


May 7th, 2010
11:10 am

Wow. This is great! Paula is so beautiful. She should be up there herself as a contestant.


May 7th, 2010
11:10 am

Ex Miss Callifornia is a homophobe bigot

American Men Want REAL WOMEN, Not Waifs!

May 7th, 2010
11:31 am

Paula Deen is one YUMMY gal, both figuratively and literally!

Who is sponsoring the Miss USA Pageant this year, Lane Bryant?

Lane Bryant gals are much better than those bean pole-thin Victoria’s Secret wannabes.

Thankfully, I was blessed with long arms to wrap around my Land Bryant Queen… whenever I may finally meet her.

American Men Want REAL WOMEN, Not Waifs!

May 7th, 2010
11:33 am


“… long arms to wrap around my LANE Bryant Queen (not “Land,” LOL!).”

I bet Paula Deen’s lips are as sweet as her cakes. YUM!

miss marta

May 7th, 2010
11:43 am

sorry but cassidy looks like a tranny.


May 7th, 2010
1:31 pm

she is from Savanah so could be a tranny i agree


May 7th, 2010
3:57 pm

Why- is there a cooking contest? I mean- seriously- what qualifies her to judge a Miss USA contest? And people wonder why the ratings stink and nobody respects these things. Wow.


May 7th, 2010
4:51 pm

To funny . The cooking competition right between the talent & swimwear . Yeah Paula likes rich foods . Those chicks better bring their deep fryer .


May 7th, 2010
7:54 pm

Paula will make a great judge! She’ll add some fun to it, too. Have a good time in Vegas, girl! We’ll be watchin’ for you!


May 8th, 2010
11:55 am

The judges should be mdel and talent agents, former titleholders, and people who are judges of beauty. There should also be people who can judge character and personality, like celebrity psyhologists. Just because you are a celebrity, you should not be given the right to hire someone for such an important job and honor. I hope Paula Deen doesn’tvote fo Georgia because she is from the homestate. The new photos gave mea new favorite: New Jersey. Let’s wait to see what happens on Sunday.


May 19th, 2010
5:02 pm

To WTF? posted 05/07/10, 3:57 pm – I TOTALLY AGREE!!! How can she judge those girls when she’s not involved in the industry of modeling/beauty, etc.??!!!

Still, Paula Deen is cute and she was very attractive in her younger days, so maybe she did a modeling stint here or there. Who knows.