Paula Deen Wasn’t Drunk On TODAY, She Was VERY Tired From Partying The Night Before, Says Source

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Feb. 22 2013, Published 1:59 p.m. ET

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Has Paula Deen been having a little bit too much fun in Miami?

The sassy southern chef appeared on TODAY Friday morning, and her erratic behavior made some folks wonder if maybe she’d been drinking right before the taping, but has exclusively learned that she wasn’t boozing,  she was just super tired from partying the night before.

Paula turned on the charm for the hosts, dancing and chattering on about a skunk she thought might have sprayed her before the show, and while she insisted her mojito be “virgin” she even made raunchy jokes about cooking “chicken balls.”

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“She wasn’t drinking on the set,” a source told us, while adding Paula was simply “really, really tired” after having a ball at some food festival the night before.

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