I took a look at her site on FN. The majority of her desserts have only four stars. Some even less. When you look at some of the other chefs on the FN, they have five stars.
Once she had to come out and admit that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, all of her aired shows were repeats. They had to wait until the hoopla died down. Her cooking just wallowed in butter, fats and sugar. She never took just a tip of the spoon taste. Always two big mouthfuls. Sometimes more. In the meantime her sons took over with their own shows and began to cook healthy foods to offset what she has been pushing all along over the years. Unhealthy cooking.
I am friends with her Auntie Trina. Have been for years. I still have the present she sent me when I had the open heart surgery. She has told me often that they didn't eat like that growing up. An her accent was never like she puts on today. They lived in the same house growing up and are very close in age.
Sorry, but Paula Deen is not one of my favorite cooks.