07:03 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 02/24/2014 06:00PM
Paula Deen stepped out at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival to love and affection from hundreds of fans.
The former Food Network star, 67, took the Miami stage on Sunday to a standing ovation and addressed attendees about the tough year that she has weathered.
"We have come off a very hard summer," Deen – who admitted in a deposition to using a racial slur years ago and was subsequently dropped by the Food Network and several sponsors – said at the start of her cooking demonstration. "Some people said I never apologized. If anyone did not hear me, I want to apologize."
Deen has mostly been laying low since then. "I just have to say your cards and letters helped me get out of bed every day," the Southern chef told fans.
Originally posted 02/12/2014 04:55PM
Paula Deen is ready to make a comeback.
Originally posted 12/08/2013 09:45AM
After a self-proclaimed "hard summer," during which she admitted to using a racial slur, was dropped by the Food Network and several sponsors, and endured rumors of marital discord, Paula Deen says she's looking forward to the new year.
"I'm gonna be really, really happy to see 2013 gone," Deen, 66, recently told about 200 guests at the Salvation Army Golden Kettle gala in Savannah, Ga. "There may be something in that number 13."
But as she reflected on the tumultuous year in front of the crowd, Deen called the past six months an "opportunity for me to grow."
Originally posted 09/19/2013 07:30PM
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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.
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