Okay, now that we’ve cooled down from that Mary J. Blige Burger King fiasco, it’s come to our attention that Paula Patton has landed a new gig with the Pepsi NEXT promotion.

Svelte and dressed in ravishing red, Paula Patton arrived in The Grove (Los Angeles) yesterday to distribute free samples of the new Pepsi NEXT that contains 60 percent less sugar than regular Pepsi.

“Tasting is believing when it comes to new Pepsi NEXT,” said Patton.  “Yesterday we turned cola fans into believers! I’m so excited there is finally something with an amazing taste and 60 percent less sugar.”

Walmart Supercenter stores will distribute free Pepsi NEXT samples until the end of April in 40 cities. For more info, visit www.facebook.com/pepsinext