Or that's how it seemed to me anyway. Larry King came off like such a stiff in his interview with Paula Deen. He also seem unmoved by her southern charm and anxious to move on during every, admittedly, slightly long-winded story.
I guess she was on to promote her book It Ain't All About the Cookin', so it wasn’t a surprise that the man who exploited Anna Nicole Smith's death for what seemed like 175 weeks in a row, would be interested in only the dirt.
Her long answers did not suit Larry's sound-bite style one bit. He kept cutting her off and it was funny, because she didn’t seem to notice. I love Paula, but I did want to nudge her, just a little, to get on with it.
She did look lovely with a magnificent head of hair, though. One question was about that. She said she was "one of God's blondes" and that she uses the shampoo in a purple bottle. That’s our down-to-earth Paula.
When her first husband moved them to Savannah, she didn't get out of bed for 2 months. She was just getting to the pinnacle of her tale....how the Serenity Prayer suddenly occurred to her and gave her the strength to go on...and off he dashes to a break.
The minute they came back, the interrogation starts again: "You were a smoker?" She pauses, looks really sheepish and says, I still am. He asks her how much she smokes. She whispers a pack and a half. He says doesn't it affect the taste of food. She says, I don't think so. He says, WELL YOU DON’T KNOW!!! Goodness! Larry, let the lady alone! Then she says, "If food tasted any better, I'd be 500 pounds". Good one, Paula.
He rushes her through the story of her cooking career, because he's anxious to start badgering her about her affair with a married man. He kept asking for more and more details.
Larry was making like a frickin' nun. "Did you feel for his wife?", he must have asked in 30 different ways. I guess Larry’s perspective is that it's better to have been married 15 separate times than to fool around with more than one person at a time. Who knew Larry was such a Puritan? Not that I disagree with him about this or the smoking, but he didn't have to harass our poor Paula.
How did it end, he just had to know. Paula paused and said softly,“I met my husband,” almost as one would utter a long repeated prayer. Then, as she’s telling the story of her Bag Lady business, he had to bring it back to the affair. He just couldn’t let it go. “You told you husband?” he asked as he grilled her in his gravelly voice. Thank goodness, she had told him or there would have been one big ruckus on the farm that night.
But still more questions from Larry:
Was it hard to break off?
Did you feel bad for his wife?
There were a few light moments. Someone asked her if there was a dish of hers that had became unexpectedly popular. “Ho cakes, and it's not the girl on the corner, I'll tell you that, Larry”... I’m not sure he got it. I half expected him to start questioning her about being a madam with a prostitution ring. (She DOES kind of look the part. And now that we know she smokes so much, I guess she capable of such immorality…according to Larry, anyway.)
There was a nice story about how she became involved with the Food Network. She met someone who introduced her to Gordon Elliott, who loved her and suggested her for a show. Of course, that story got hurried through by Larry, because she wasn’t sleeping with Gordon (not that she said anyway.) And it didn’t outrage his moral sensibilities.
Asked about her relationship with the Smithfield company, she kept a smile plastered on her face, while Larry listed the complaints of a union trying to organize. He asked her repeatedly, “So you WOULD meet with the union?” She kept saying, yes. She’s not a politician, for goodness sake, and it just seemed like he was bullying her. Ask her once…let her answer and move on. Or devote an entire show to it and get all the facts out.
Then one more dig about her cancer sticks: To Bobby, her son, “Does it bother you that she smokes?” YES. Ok, duh, thanks Larry.
She is a cooking host, for goodness sake. AND she is a fabulous entertainer with a huge audience and I guess Larry was just trying to get himself a piece of that pie.