Paula Deen almost spoiled the biggest surprise at the Emmys

Sep 23, 2015 at 11:16 p.m. ET
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Paula Deen can hardly keep a secret.

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Producers of the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards worked for weeks on the biggest surprise of the show: Tracy Morgan's triumphant first public appearance after a devastating car accident that killed his close friend and severely injured the 30 Rock star.

And celebrity chef Deen came this close to spilling the beans.

E! News reports that Morgan took a private plane from his home in New Jersey to Los Angeles for the Emmys to avoid fan sightings, and even Fox executives were left out of the loop until they learned at the day-before rehearsal that Morgan was making a surprise appearance. This was one locked-down secret. But even with all that, Deen ran into Morgan the morning of the show.

According to E!, Morgan was on his way to Sunday brunch when Deen spotted him in the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel and insisted on a photo for Twitter. Luckily, before she was able to actually post the snap, publicists stepped in and made sure she held off.


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We still got to see the cute pic, but the day after the Emmys and Morgan's appearance, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd at the Microsoft Theatre.

"l ran into a friend @RealTracyMorgan & was happy to see him doing so well," Dancing with the Stars contestant Deen captioned the photo when she eventually shared it with her Twitter followers. "Sending you wishes of love & good health!"

And on Tuesday's episode of DWTS, Deen talked about the encounter.

"I was so happy to run into Tracy. He is another sweet man. And I can tell, knowing him before the accident, that it has put him in a very humble position," she dished. "He values his life and his wife's life and his daughter's life so much. It was just wonderful to see that he is doing so well."

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