07:18 AM EDT 12/05/2013
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 07/09/2013 11:00AM
There was more style than substance at Amanda Bynes's latest court appearance on Tuesday morning.
The actress, 27, showed up in a New York courtroom wearing an aqua-colored wig, as she faced a judge in connection with her alleged bong-throwing incident in May.
Bynes was silent in court as she was told to return Aug. 26 for another hearing.
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."
Originally posted 07/01/2013 06:30AM
Jennifer Lopez sang "Happy Birthday" to the leader of the former Soviet bloc country Turkmenistan during a show on Saturday night, but her representative said Lopez wouldn't have performed there at all if she had known there were human rights issues in the country.
A statement released Sunday by her publicist to the Associated Press said the event was hosted by the China National Petroleum Corp. and wasn't a political event.
However, the country's leader, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, did attend. Berdimuhamedow has been criticized for oppressive rule by human rights organizations. Human Rights Watch describes Turkmenistan as "among the most repressive in the world."
Originally posted 06/29/2013 09:55PM
Paula Deen might be experiencing the worst month of her career, but that didn't stop this Southern mama from celebrating her firstborn's birthday.
The struggling celebrity cook, who has watched her edible empire crumble this month following her admission that she used a racial slur multiple times in her past, took a break from the scandal Friday for some family time.
"Looking forward to some quality family time in honor of @jamie_deen's birthday. Have a blessed birthday, son!" she Tweeted, and included a link to a recipe for Jamie's Coconut Cake.
Originally posted 06/29/2013 03:00PM
Nigella Lawson has made a sweet return to Twitter.
In her first post since June 15th, the day before shocking photos surfaced of her husband choking her at a London restaurant on June 9, the celebrity chef Tweeted an aww-inducing image of a seemingly homemade birthday cake bearing the words "Happy Birthday Bruno" written in icing.
Bruno is Lawson's son from her first marriage to the late John Diamond, a journalist, and the cake – complete with champagne bottle-shaped candles – apparently celebrates his 17th birthday.
Originally posted 06/29/2013 08:50AM
Paula Deen's horrible month just got worse.
On Friday, Ballantine Books announced it would not publish her latest cookbook that was slated to be released in October. The book already hit No. 1 one on the Amazon bestseller list Thursday, months before its release, after furious fans rallied to the defense of the embattled celebrity cook.
Deen, 66, has watched her lucrative endorsement deals slip away this month after she admitted to using a racial slur in the past.
"After careful consideration, Ballantine Books has made the difficult decision to cancel the publication of Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, the publisher, a division of Random House, said in statement to PEOPLE.
Originally posted 06/28/2013 10:15AM
Alec Baldwin is once again making headlines for a Twitter rant.
The actor sent out a series of Tweets on Thursday aimed at a journalist who claimed his wife Hilaria was using her phone during James Gandolfini's funeral on Thursday at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in Manhattan.
"Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That's not true. But I'm gonna tweet at your funeral," Baldwin wrote on Twitter.
Originally posted 06/27/2013 12:45PM
While businesses continue to bail on Paula Deen in light of the racial controversy that is damaging her reputation as the Queen of Southern Cooking, fans are showing that she is not alone in this fight.
Based on an earlier Forbes story published Thursday morning, PEOPLE reported Deen had been dropped from the Novo Nordisk deal that caused a stir last year when she announced that she had ben living with Type 2 diabetes for three years – but a spokesperson for the global healthcare company says that simply isn't true.
"It's too early to suggest what we will wind up doing but we have not dropped Paula Deen," the spokesperson said. "We just felt the recent controversy affected her ability to help manage and work towards our mission which is around changing diabetes. It's unclear what effect this controversy will have on users of the diabetes drug."
Originally posted 06/26/2013 03:00PM
Despite her teary interview on Today and her recent apology for using a racial slur in the past, more of Paula Deen's business deals have unraveled.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which operates as her restaurant, Paula Deen's Kitchen, in four of its casinos in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Mississippi, announced Wednesday they are ending their relationship with the 66-year-old cook.
"While we appreciate Paula's sincere apologies for statements she made in her past that she recently disclosed during a deposition given in response to a lawsuit, after thoughtful consideration of their impact, we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government affairs for Caesars Entertainment.
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On People.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!