Paula Deen Makes First Appearance Since Scandal

    September 15, 2013
    Erika Watts
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America’s (former) favorite Southern chef is back. After being outed for making racist comments back in June and losing her job with Food Network, Paula Deen has made her first public appearance in three months. Deen made her emotional return at the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show in Houston, Texas on Saturday.

While Deen has been raked over the coals after she admitted to using the N-word during a deposition in a race-based lawsuit, a group of more than 1,000 fans was thrilled to see the chef at the cooking show. The audience gave Deen a standing ovation, which brought the 66-year-old Georgia native to tears. “I’ve said all along that the one place that I would want to make my first step back out was Texas,” Deen told her audience. “Y’all’s hearts are as big as your state.”

“As you all know, unless you’ve been under a rock, I had a little rough patch this summer,” Deen said. Calling her vanishing job opportunities a “rough patch” might be putting things lightly. In addition to getting axed by Food Network and tarnishing her reputation after replying “Yes, of course” during a deposition when asked if she had used the N-word, Deen has lost numerous endorsements. Wal-Mart, Target, JCPenney and Sears are just a few major retailers that have discontinued items under Deen’s brand.

A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit against Deen in August. Lisa Jackson, the former employee who brought forth the lawsuit, was told that she couldn’t sue Deen for racial discrimination against African-Americans because she is white. Jackson later released an apologetic statement and called Deen a “woman of compassion and kindness,” but the damage was already done.

Some folks were obviously very happy to see Paula Deen back in the spotlight, but others aren’t too thrilled with the cook’s sudden reemergence. “You can’t afford to remain insensitive to the history of our nation, so let’s just say I’m not a fan,” said Rodney Reynolds of Houston.

What do you think about Paula Deen getting another shot after the scandal? Add your comments below.

  • http://Yahoo Karen

    Paula, I am glad you are trying to stay positive about all of this crap. I have worked with people my entire life. I don’t know ANYONE who hasn’t made a racist slur at some point in their lives. What this witch did to you is shameful. I am so thankful and happy she lost her lawsuit. I am also so very sorry of what it has done to you and your family.
    I would love to see you on Jamie’s tv show. I tape it every week. I hope the Network allows you on and you feel comfortable doing that. I would love to see your beautiful smile on tv once again. Your family is wonderful.
    I pray for your happiness and well-being and I am proud to say that I LOVE YA’!! Can’t wait to some day visit Lady and Sons! 😉 Stay Strong!

    • peggy smith

      since I live in ft. worth, I’m glad you chose Houston for your first appearance back . I know you are not the only one that said that word 30yrs; ago. i’ll be glad when some one puts you back on tv cooking. I will certainly watch and I miss your food shows I do watch your boys shows I hope everyone that dumped you is losing money good luck.

      • Freakybo

        Whose gonna put her back on tv now? Maybe the white supremacy network will having a show “cooking on the plantation with paula deen-learn how to deep fry your arteries and be discreet racist.”

  • lula

    Paula we love you!!!!!!!!!!!
    (and not I am not white)

    • Freakybo

      No we don’t. And I am white like it matters.

      Paula deen is fake down from her plastic surgery to that sweet southern charm.

  • Tammy

    Racist slurs are not acceptable for any of us to use no matter what color of skin you may have but at least Paula was honest. Would the people putting her down be as honest about making any mistake in their lives? Paula needs to take this as a lesson in life and show that she can be a strong, heartfelt, sincere woman and we need to forgive and move on. It might take some time but I’m sure she will make a come back. I am ready to see her and her yummy dishes on T.V. again! Paula a lot of people do love you!!

  • http://pauladeenreturn wana vaccaro-wood

    We love u Ms. Paula and food network will never the same. I feel sorry for them. People who live in glass houses should never throw stones. Really miss everything about u. Much love from Arkansas

  • http://pauladeenreturn wanda vaccaro-wood

    Hey Ms. Paula. I miss u and everything about u. Really!!!!!! Food network will never b the same. And don’t forget people who live in glass houses should never throw stones. U go girl. Ur missed in Arkansas. Ill watch whatever u do.

  • http://pauladeenreturn wanda vaccaro-wood

    Hey Ms. Paula. So glad u didn’t give up. I miss everything about u. And Food Network will never b the same. Their loss. U GO GIRL!!!!! And my motto…..People who live in glass houses should never throw spatulas or cast iron skillets. Ur missed in Arkansas. Whatever u do, Ill watch and support u always..