Paula Deen Turned Down Dancing With the Stars

She's sitting this one out.
She's sitting this one out. Photo: Adam Taylor/ABC (DWTS); Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images (Deen)

Despite last month’s exuberant rumors, season seventeen (!) of Dancing With the Stars will be completely free and clear of the embattled television chef’s soft-shoe when the show premieres in September. Essentially, this is because the lambada, while it may forever be the “forbidden dance,” does little to redress allegations of past racism. “The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her,” a representative for Paula Deen tells Us Weekly. There’s no word on whether Deen has given any thought to Donald Trump’s generous offer or not. [Us Weekly, Earlier, Related]