06:16 AM EDT 10/16/2013
Originally posted 09/19/2013 07:30PM
"We never had a huge pity party," says the chef and son of Paula Deen
Originally posted 09/16/2013 07:05AM
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Originally posted 09/14/2013 03:30PM
Paula Deen has found something to feel good about after a pretty terrible summer.
The Southern chef, 66, broke down in tears after receiving thunderous applause during a 10-minute standing ovation at the Metro Cooking & Entertaining show in Houston on Saturday.
"These are tears of joy, y'all," she said. "This is my first time out in three months. … The one place I wanted to make my first step out was in Texas. You are forgiving folks with hearts as big as your state."
Originally posted 08/23/2013 05:30PM
Paula Deen and a former employee have reached a settlement to dismiss the remaining claims in a lawsuit that cost the celebrity chef a chunk of her empire.
The U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., on Friday formally dismissed the sexual harassment case with prejudice, meaning it can't be filed again, just days after the judge threw out the racial discrimination portion of the lawsuit.
A court document said both sides reached the settlement "without any award of costs or fees to any party."
Originally posted 08/18/2013 02:30PM
Just one day after a federal judge dismissed the racial discrimination case against Paula Deen, the shamed southern chef stepped out with her Aunt Peggy Ort and a friend at one of her favorite Savannah, Ga. eateries for lunch.
While digging into fried chicken, a baked sweet potato and veggies, "she was her usual friendly self," says Sweet Potatoes Kitchen owner Steve Magulias. "She was glad to have the racial part of the case dismissed and that part behind her."
Since it was revealed that in a deposition made public in June that Deen, 66, used a racial slur, the TV chef – who lost her contract with Food Network among other business partners – has led a quiet life at home in Savannah.
Originally posted 08/12/2013 04:45PM
A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.
Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.
But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.
The ruling leaves intact Jackson's sexual harassment claims.
Originally posted 07/18/2013 11:00AM
Paula Deen has something to celebrate.
The celebrity chef put her recent troubles aside to host a surprise wedding ceremony for her son and his bride, Bobby Deen and Claudia Lovera, at her home in Savannah, Ga., on Saturday.
The couple, who got engaged in the spring and planned to wed later this year, tied the knot in front of about 75 guests.
These included Bobby's brother, Jamie Deen, and his family, Paula's brother, Bubba Hiers, and the bride's family who now live in Panama City, Panama, according to Chatham County Probate Judge Harris Lewis. He also performed the ceremony.
Originally posted 07/16/2013 10:55AM
Paula Deen has been all but paralyzed by the scandal surrounding her admission that she used the N-word in the past. But Cheryl Burke has an idea to how to get her moving again – have her join next season's Dancing with the Stars!
"I think you'd probably see a different side of her, and I think she would be a great addition to the cast," the pro dancer, 29, tells ET Canada.
"I think coming on something light and fun would be something good for her," Burke adds.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 02:45PM
The drama around Paula Deen continues.
Nearly a week after parting ways with her longtime agent Barry Weiner, the southern cook has decided to cut ties with the legal team of the firm Oliver Maner. The team was defending her against the civil lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House that Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers.
A source close to the Deen family says "she and her team decided the previous attorneys were out of their depth."
Originally posted 07/05/2013 07:00AM
Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.
Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade. She has said he was instrumental in getting her show "Paula's Home Cooking" on the Food Network in 2002. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement.
"Paula Deen has separated from her agent," Deen's spokeswoman, Elana Weiss, said in an email Thursday. "She and her family thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years."
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