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Food fight! Lawsuits flying around celeb chef Paula Deen

March 26, 2010 |  1:48 pm

Paula deen In November, Paula Deen was hit by a flying ham. Now she's been hit by a lawsuit, sent flying her way by a tour promoter in response to her $1.25-million legal action against the promoter.

Can you say, "Food fight!"?

Deen -- who cooked on "The View" Friday morning -- in February, as Deen Enterprises, alleged breach of contract and defamation against Celebrity Chefs Tour after a planned 10-city cooking tour was canceled.

CCT is fighting back with a $40-million countersuit, which in addition to going into detail about payments, alleges the Deen clan didn't promote the tour as agreed and also cites concerns over e-mails received by some venue operators who were worried about ...

... "increased blog comments that were circulating across the Internet that complained about the language used by Paula Deen on stage, that her show is not 'family-friendly' and the fact that audiences at her previous appearances have been disappointed by the fact that Paula Deen rarely cooks during her performance."

So, she's being accused of cussing on the job and, um, not cooking very much?

The Ministry is having a brutal pot-meet-kettle moment.

Please don't sue us.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: What's not family-friendly about this? Celebrity chef Paula Deen (the real one) jokes with chef Robert Irvine, top, at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival on the beach in Miami Beach, Fla., on Feb. 27. Below, check out a picture we stumbled across of "Paul O'Deen," who spoofed the celebrity chef as part of the 183rd Savannah St. Patrick's Day parade in Savannah, Ga., on March 17. Credit: Associated Press, top; Stephen Morton / Associated Press, below.

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