Paula Deen "Doing OK" After Being Whacked by Flying Ham

Celebrity News Nov. 23, 2009 AT 3:55PM
Paula Deen "Doing OK" After Being Whacked by Flying Ham Credit: John Parra/

Celeb chef Paula Deen got quite a scare Monday morning when she was smacked in the face with a piece of ham at a charity event in Atlanta.

Deen, 62, was helping unload a truck load of hams at Hosea Feed the Hungry & Homeless to make a Thanksgiving donation on behalf of Smithfield Foods when someone playfully threw a ham.

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It missed the storage bucket and ended up hitting the Food Network star on the head and nose, her rep tells

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Deen was "startled at first, but quickly regained focus and kept her humor," says her rep.

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Adds the rep, "She's okay now and is icing her face."

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Deen later laughed off the mishap, telling local station WXIA-TV that the ham "hit me full long in the face and 'bout knocked me cuckoo, but I'm fine."


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