Wed, 07 Mar 2012 11:44:53 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
Top ironic endorsements

Paula Deen



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For the past decade, since her Food Network show "Paula's Home Cooking" debuted in 2002, celebrity chef Paula Deen has been the channel's great proprietor of clog. With respect to shows like "Man vs. Food," which pits its host against spaceship-sized pizzas and steaks as big as coffee tables, it is Paula Deen, with her recipes for doughnut hamburgers and Krispy Kreme bread pudding, who may truly promote the network's worst eating habits.

And so Deen's recent announcement, that not only has she developed diabetes but now promotes a pharmaceutical program to fight the disease, was seen as a little ironic by her critics. Deen has recently become the centre of further pain in the form of a sexual assault lawsuit filed by a manager at a Deen-family owned restaurant. In honour of Deen's unfortunate spokesperson gig, MSN looks back at other endorsements that seem a bit ironic, either now, in hindsight, or at the time they were introduced.

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