Nothing boosts reality show ratings like a scandal-plagued star.
So why not invite Paula Deen to dance?
Reports are bubbling up that ABC has extended an offer to Paula Deen to star on the show when it returns in the fall for its 17th season.
In fact, there were discussions about casting her even before her n-word troubles erupted.
Deen's rep hasn't gotten back to USA TODAY to confirm or deny, but the buzz is that she has turned down the offer.
Host Tom Bergeron tells Us Weekly that she ought to consider it. "We've seen career resurgences after the show. People go, 'I remember why I love that person!'"