Paula Deen joins cast of 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen is joining the cast of "Dancing With the Stars."

According to reports, 68-year-old Deen's Food Network show was pulled off the air after a scandal over the use of the N-word in 2013. More recently, Deen made headlines when she tweeted an old photo of her son Bobby Dean in brown face. Since then, Deen has launched her own digital network.

"DWTS" had approached Deen to join the show before, the former Food Network star declined the offer.

"They did ask me and I said no," Deen said at the time. "Fat girls don't look good sweating."

Paula Deen and her husband:

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KEY WEST, FL - JULY 23: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Celebrity chef Paula Deen, left, tugs at husband Michael Groover's beard outside Sloppy Joe's Bar Thursday, July 23, 2015, in Key West, Florida. Groover is competing for the fifth year in the 'Papa' Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, part of the annual Hemingway Days festival in Key West. He made the semi-final round which is set for Saturday, July 25. More than 125 entrants are registered for the contest. (Photo by Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Grand marshall of the 122nd annual Rose Parade, Chef Paula Deen (L), is seen on the field with her husband Michael Groover, prior to the 97th Rose Bowl game between the Wisconsin Badgers and the TCU Horned Frogs on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 14: TV Personality Paula Deen, with husband Michael Anthony Groover, accepts the Emmy for 'Lifestyle Host' onstage during the 34th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom on June 14, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - JUNE 14: Actress Paula Deen (R) and husband Michael Anthony Groover arrive to the 34th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom on June 14, 2007 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 10: Actress Paula Deen and her husband Michael attend the premiere of 'Elizabethtown' at the Loews Lincoln Square theatre October 10, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 25: Paula Deen (R) and her husband Michael Groover visit Extra at The Grove on October 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 21: (L-R) Paula Deen and her husband Michael Groove attend South Beach Wine And Food Festival 2013 - The Q hosted by Paula Deen and Sons at Delano beachside at on February 21, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Davidson/WireImage)
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Deen will be joining Bindi Irwin, the 17-year-old daughter of the late Steve Irwin, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter and American Pharoah jockey Victor Espinoza, who won the Triple Crown in June.

Meanwhile, nine of the 12 pros have already been announced: Karina Smirnoff will be returning to the show after sitting last season out. Val Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, Witney Carson, Sharna Burgess and Peta Murgatroyd are all set to join the ballroom.

The full "DWTS" season 21 cast will be revealed September 2 on "Good Morning America."

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