Novartis rep: There's no deal with Paula Deen

Chef Paula Deen poses in the press room at the 2010 CMT Music Awards, in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Pictures: CMT Awards 2010 Kid Rock Makes a Splash as CMT Host Carrie Underwood Big Winner at CMT Awards AP Photo/Peter Kramer

Paula Deen poses in the press room at the 2010 CMT Music Awards, in Nashville, Tenn., on June 9, 2010.
AP Photo/Peter Kramer

(CBS)  Novartis has no connection with chef Paula Deen and  no plans to use her as its spokesperson, a spokesperson for the drug maker said Friday.

Earlier Friday, citing a source who said Deen had inked a deal to become a spokesperson for a Novartis drug used to treat diabetes and an announcement  was  expected.

"The rumors that Novartis has signed a multi-million dollar spokesperson deal with Paula Deen for a diabetes treatment are not true," a Novartis rep told CBSNews.com. "Novartis is not working with Ms. Deen."

As of press time, there's still no word from Deen herself, but among the latest recipes on her website are a few on the healthier side, including a "lighter hash brown quiche."

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