Paula Deen is in need of some serious damage control, and she may be looking to "Dancing With The Stars" for a chance at redemption.

After her "Today" interview with Matt Lauer didn't help quiet the controversy about her history of racist comments -- Deen has lost multiple sponsorships, including Wal-Mart, Target and QVC, since -- the disgraced former Food Network star hired Judy Smith, the woman who inspired "Scandal's" Olivia Pope. Now Deen may try to dance her troubles away.

Rumors about Deen joining "Dancing With The Stars" for the show's Season 17 have surfaced. Rob Shuter reports that an insider close to the ABC competition series said, "The producers would love to have Paula join the cast of next season ... They have a history of casting controversial people like Kate Gosselin and Bristol Palin, if Paula says ‘yes,’ you can add her to that list.”

When The Huffington Post reached out to ABC for comment, a spokesperson said, "We don’t comment on casting until we officially announce."

This isn't the first time Deen has been rumored to join the "Dancing With The Stars" cast. Before Season 14 kicked off in early 2012, ABC reportedly asked Deen to join the show in the wake of her announcement that she has Type 2 diabetes. "'Producers love Paula’s likability and think it would guarantee she’d be around for a couple weeks, regardless,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com at the time.

In 2010, Deen, who said she's a fan of "Dancing With The Stars," told "Extra!" that she'd been asked to be on the show, but turned them down. Why wouldn't she consider hitting the dance floor? "Fat girls don't look good sweating. I've got catfish arms ... And I've got -- is that a muffin top right there?"

Deen or no Deen, "Dancing With The Stars" Season 17 will bring some surprises for longtime fans. It will be the first season to not have a results show since the second season and rumor has it, there may also be new judges on the panel.

"Dancing With The Stars" Season 17 kicks off this fall on Mondays on ABC.

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  • Morning Of June 19: National Enquirer Reports On Racist Statements

    On the heels of Paula Deen's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">finishing butters announcement</a>, the National Enquirer claims that it has obtained video of Paula Deen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">making racist statements</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 19: HuffPost Obtains Paula Deen's Deposition

    And confirms <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">remarks</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 19: #PaulasBestDishes Trends On Twitter

    Mixing <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paulas-best-dishes-twitter-reactions-allegations-of-racism_n_3467877.html" target="_blank">recipes with racism</a>.

  • Evening Of June 19: Food Network "Monitors" The Situation

    And <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/paula-deen-food-network_n_3471453.html" target="_blank">releases a statement</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 20: Questions About Her Future Surface

    Is her career <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-racist-comments_n_3477536.html" target="_blank">doomed</a>?

  • Evening Of June 20: Deen Gets Skewered On 'Daily Show'

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/daily-show-paula-deen_n_3477924.html" target="_blank">Type II racism</a>, y'all.

  • Morning Of June 21: Deen Bails On The Today Show

    The program was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-today-show_n_3477825.html" target="_blank">supposed to have the exclusive</a>.

  • Morning Of June 21: Matt Lauer Was Not Happy

    Nor was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/today-show-paula-deen-cancellation-matt-lauer_n_3478187.html" target="_blank">Al Roker</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 21: Deen Issues THREE Different Apologies

    Things got a little <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-apology_n_3479279.html" target="_blank">messy, and sad</a>.

  • Late Afternoon Of June 21: Food Network Drops Paula Deen

    Her contract was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-fired-food-network-cancels-show-after-racism-scandal_n_3480517.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">set to expire</a>.

  • Evening Of June 21: Paula Deen Fans Erupt On Food Network Page

    They are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/food-network-facebook_n_3480903.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">not happy</a>.

  • Sunday, June 23: More Allegations Arise

    It's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/paula-deen-scandal-continues-employees-tell-rainbow-push-alleged-discrimination_n_3484607.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">not over</a> yet.

  • Monday, June 24: Smithfield Drops Dean

    Other companies still <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/paula-deen-smithfield-endorsement-over-company-drops-deen-in-wake-of-racist-remarks_n_3495314.html" target="_blank">mulling their future</a> with Deen.

  • Tuesday, June 25: Paula Deen Cruise Adds Extra Date

    Fans are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/paula-deen-cruise_n_3499047.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_hplink">standing by her</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Caesars Drops Deen

    They are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/paula-deen-caesars-entertainment_n_3503411.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_hplink">re-branding her four buffets</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Deen Gives Emotional Interview

    There are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/paula-deen-today-show_n_3501825.html?utm_hp_ref=business" target="_hplink">a lot of tears</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Walmart Drops Deen

    The world's largest retailer said it will not place "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/walmart-paula-deen_n_3505258.html" target="_blank">any new orders beyond what's already committed</a>."

  • Thursday, June 27: Novo Nordisk Suspends Deen Partnership

    The company originally stood by her, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/paula-deen-novo-nordisk_n_3509855.html?utm_hp_ref=business" target="_blank">no more</a>.

  • Thursday, June 27: Target Drops Deen

    Not <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/target-paula-deen_n_3510753.html" target="_blank">too many left</a>.

  • Thursday, June 27: QVC & Deen Taking A Pause

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/qvc-paula-deen_n_3512942.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">From the CEO</a>: "We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward."

  • Friday, June 28: Kmart, Sears, Walgreens Phase Out Deen Products

    Domino effect <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/sears-walgreens-paula-deen_n_3516532.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Friday, June 28: J.C. Penney Drops Deen

    No more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/jcpenney-paula-deen_n_3517744.html" target="_blank">Deen merchandise</a>.

  • Friday, June 28: Publisher Drops Paula Deen's Newest Cookbook

    Even though it isn't out yet and it is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/paula-deens-new-testament_n_3518997.html" target="_hplink">number 1 on Amazon right now</a>.