Ever since Paula Deen’s N-word controversy, she’s been dropped left and right from more than a dozen companies, including Food Network and big names like Target, Walmart, and JCPenney. However, she has reportedly remained lucky in the eyes of one corporation: ABC.

Rumors swirled last week that Paula was approached to join Dancing With the Stars this fall in Season 17, though thus far both she and the network have declined to comment or confirm any casting.

We think she could be great, and so does Hollyscoop (in the video below), who suggested she “Samba with Derek Hough” this season and that she could bring in the ratings.

Paula told Kelly Ripa on LIVE! With Kelly in 2011 that she was approached to do DWTS “two or three or four times” and declined, but we wouldn’t rule it out just yet. During that appearance on the morning show, Derek Hough was the other guest, and they not only flirted heavily (they went on a “date” on the show), but Derek also said “they could show her a little something.”

Hey, if the offer still stands, pairing with Paula could be a challenging way for Derek to end his run on DWTS. He has yet to confirm if he’ll be back for Season 17, but maybe for Paula, he will try to get his fifth Mirror Ball!

Do you think Paula and Derek should dance together in Season 17? Sound off below!