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In her first public appearance since the transcript leak, Deen received a standing ovation

Paula Deen makes her first public appearance after the scandal caused by a racial and sexual harassment case.

Some three months after Paula Deen admitted to using the "N" word in a leaked deposition, months after Food Network, Target, and plenty of other partnerships dropped her, Deen is back on the publicity circuit.

Over the weekend Deen returned for a cooking demo at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at the Reliant Center in Houston. And while she may have told TMZ that "I never went anywhere," the celebrity chef broke down on stage, saying, "These are tears of joy, y'all... This is my first time out in three months. The one place I would take my one step back out is Texas, because Texas is full of loving, forgiving folks and y'all's hearts are as big as y'all's state." (Eater has a full recount of her emotional speech).

In the meantime, Deen is still selling tickets to her Paula Deen cruise, and plans to show up at book signings for her son, Bobby's, latest cookbook, including one at The Lady and Sons, and one at the scene of the original crime: Uncle Bubba's. Lisa Jackson, the plaintiff of the lawsuit that was dropped recently, worked at Uncle Bubba's and filed complaints about the work environment there.

So how quickly will Deen recover from this? Judging from the standing ovation, the dropped lawsuit, and the glowing letter from Jackson, perhaps fairly quickly. She seems to think so, telling cameramen at the event Saturday, "Hi. I'm back."

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Paula Deen Racist Scandal: Welcomed to Texas with Standing Ovation — Beginning of Comeback? (PHOTOS)

Paula Deen, after months and months of being embroiled in a racial discrimination lawsuit that destroyed her career within the professional food and entertainment world, was welcomed into Texas today with a standing ovation. This marked one of her first official public appearances since the scandal, and the crowd’s support caused the celebrity chef to break down into a sobbing mess. Perhaps she cried butter.

TMZ reports: “Paula appeared in Houston, Texas today for the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show to mark her return … and got choked up after receiving a standing ovation when she hit the stage. The 66-year old chef told the crowd she had been wanting her return to take place in Texas all along … and was just shedding tears of joy.” [Photos of her at the event CLICK HERE]

What do you think about the crowd’s reaction? Do you think the world is ready to forgive Paula for her transgressions? Or do you think that crowd should’ve stayed sitting? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Paula Deen TV Recipe of Tears and Thanks in Houston

Paula Deen made her first public appearance in front of TV cameras in Houston, Texas after a three month absence and she served up a special menu of tears and thanks to the audience. She played to the crowd during the live coverage of a cooking demo put on by the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show.

The 66 year-old celebrity cook who built her food empire on Southern charm and faux Southern style cooking played to the camera as she winked, grinned and tossed a welcoming wave at the television viewers. When Deen received a standing ovation from the live crowd, who paid between $75 and $400 for the honour of watching the cooks return, she burst into tears.

Telling the paying audience that her tears were joyful, she then told the them that she’d always said she wanted Texas to be the place where she made her “triumphant” return. It is exactly this mixture of corn pone, aka BS, and showmanship that has always endured Deen to her television audience.

On her television program Deen relied on recipes that she claimed were rooted in the South, while her detractors maintained that her menus were not “true Southern” dishes at all. This was before her spectacular fall from grace after the revelations that she had used racial epithets against her man.

Before a court deposition showed that the popular television cook has used the “N” word, Deen had a multimillion-dollar culinary empire and the partnership of several large businesses. When the news of her self-confessed use of the racial slur became public, Deen was treated like a modern pariah who lost millions as her partners deserted her. The first to drop her like a racially hot rock was the Food Network who axed her television cookery program. Other’s soon followed suit, Walmart and Target were just two more partners who dropped Deen.

While it turned out that the Southern belle cook was essentially the victim of what appears to be “legal extortion,” she had been keeping low profile since her empire crumbled. The events that toppled her financial empire was set in motion by a former non-black employee who accused Deen of being racist and sexist toward employees at one of Paula’s restaurants.

The case was dismissed by the court with “extreme prejudice” after finding no evidence to support the allegations and ruling that someone who was not an ethnic minority could not claim racial prejudice by an employer.

In Deen’s first public and televised appearance since her trial admission and “crucifixion” by the media, she served the 1,500 member audience a recipe of tears and thanks. It was a curious blend of humility and bravado that pleased the paying crowd.

The celebrity cook was joined onstage by her sons, Jamie and Bobby, and the three worked together in the cooking demonstration. People magazine states that she soon got into character and approached one of the television cameras to smile and say, “I’m back!”

Dean spoke to the audience saying that unless they’d been under a rock until now, they would know that her recent life had been tumultuous and that she had learned from her misfortune. She also said that she wanted to thank “y’all from the bottom of my heart.”

As well as the televised cooking demonstration, the Atlanta cook also held a book signing and a meet and greet event for paying participants. The events took place on Saturday and were sold out, proving that Deen still has a fan base, at least in Houston, Texas if nowhere else.

Some of her fans who had traveled quite a distance to see their cooking hero, said that they hoped she would be back on TV with another regular show. Ms Deen will always have certain detractors who claim that her recipes are not real “honest-to-goodness” Southern recipes. But now that she has suffered from the negative publicity brought about by racial admissions, she seems to be climbing her way slowly out of the ruins of her career.

The Paula Deen recipe of tears and thanks pleased her Houston audience and no doubt pleased the TV viewers at home. She is slated to do another cooking demonstration on Sunday and she will be doing two more shows in Dallas, Texas a further two days, September 21 and 22.

By Michael Smith
United Kingdom

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Paula Deen: "I'm Back in the Saddle!"

Paula Deen is back, y'all! Over the weekend the former Food Network star received a standing ovation at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival in Miami after telling the crowd "I'm back in the saddle!"

Paula Deen took the stage to prepare chicken and dumplings, and she used her time in the spotlight as an opportunity to apologize once again. According to E!Online, Deen told the crowd: "We have come off of a very hard summer my family and I, my team, my partners. But you know, I have heard on more than one occasion . that I've never apologized. So if anybody did not hear me apologize, I would like to apologize to those who did not hear me." Deen also thanked her fans for their continuous support through postcards and sending cleaned butter wrappers to the companies that dropped her amidst allegations of racial discrimination and sexual harassment.

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Published: 01:00 BST, 15 September 2013 | Updated: 23:28 BST, 20 September 2013

After her dramatic fall from grace for making racist remarks, Paula Deen was greeted with a huge cheer when she made her first public appearance since the scandal broke.

The disgraced Food Network host was reduced to tears when she got a standing ovation on Saturday at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston, Texas.

'These are tears of joy, y'all,' 66-year-old Deen told the audience of 1,500 supporters at the Reliant Center. 'I've said all along that the one place I'd want to make my first step back out is Texas. Y'all's hearts are as big as your state.'

Tears of joy: Paula Deen shed a tear after she got a standing ovation at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston, Texas, on Saturday

The Southern cooking guru - who was famous for her gluttonous recipes - dabbed her eyes with a tissue as she was greeted by crowds of supporters, some of whom carried cardboard cutouts of her face stuck on sticks to create makeshift masks.

Deen was joined by her sons, Bobby and Jamie Deen, who run her Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.

After hosting a number of Food Network programs in the US, including Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes, Deen sparked public outrage after it was revealed that she had used racial slurs against former employees.

Family support: The former TV show host Deen was joined by her sons and business partners, Bobby and Jamie, on Saturday

Deen admitted in a deposition that she had used the N-word on a number of occasions, and even wanted black employees to play the part of slaves in a wedding party she was planning, according to a National Enquirer report.

While the ripples of outrage caused her to be dropped by the Food Network in June, the shocking revelations didn't put off all her African-American fans.

Sherry Carter and her daughters, Shana Randle and Michelle Sanders, who were among the audience at the cooking show on Saturday, told the Houston Chronicle that they hadn't turned against Deen.

'When I first heard about it, my feeling was, she got caught,' Carter said. 'Just about everyone I know has used the word. At least she was honest about it.'

More bawling: Bobby Deen hugged his mum as she cried on stage in front of 1,500 supporters

Many in America do not feel the same way, and Paula's comments led to her losing a lucrative book deal and other valuable endorsements.

Retailers including Walmart and Target quickly announced that they would no longer sell Deen's products and publisher Ballantine scuttled plans for an upcoming cookbook even when it was the number one seller on Amazon.

On August 12, a federal judge dismissed the claims of racial discrimination that were brought by Lisa Jackson, who helped manage one of Deen’s restaurants in Savannah.

Calorific cooking: The Southern chef was known for making very fattening food on her show

The judge ruled that Jackson cannot claim to be a victim of racial discrimination targeting African-American workers as she is white and that she is just 'an accidental victim of the alleged racial discrimination.'

Along with the racial allegations, Deen also faced a wave of criticism over how much fat, salt and sugar she used in her cooking.

In January 2012, she revealed that she had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes three years earlier, and was then accused of being a hypocrite as she only announced the news after being paid to be a spokesperson for a high profile insulin company.

Paula Deen Receives Over $75 Million Investment

Paula Deen is looking to make a comeback with a new business model after receiving between $75 and $100 million from investors.

Paula Deen receives standing ovation in Texas, breaks down into tears. | (PHOTO:VideoClip/CBS)

Deen, the 67-year-old restaurateur and cooking show host, made headlines last June when one of her former restaurant employees alleged that she made racial jokes at the establishment. In a testimony from a Deen's deposition on May 17, the Food Network host admitted to using the N-word in the past.

Soon, Deen's sponsors dropped her and distanced themselves. After a public apology and some time away from the spotlight, The Wall Street Journal announced that the restaurateur is looking to make a return with her new company Paula Deen Ventures.

Deen's new company will be backed by Najafi Cos., the company that is investing millions in her and also owns the Book-of-the-Month Club and BMG Music Service.

"The Paula Deen brand is alive and well," Jahm Najafi, the head of Najafi Cos., told The Wall Street Journal. "Our investment allows the Paula Deen brand to expand their relationships and the partnerships that are already in place, and support those partnerships on a go-forward basis."

The publication is reporting that Deen's new company is in talks with possible partners, television networks and retail chains to return to form in her industry. The news comes after she was dropped by a number of sponsors including Wal-Mart, JCPenney, Walgreens, QVC and The Food Network last year.

Despite the backlash she received, Deen's Facebook fans seem to have grown. Najafi says this is a sign that Deen can return to the top of her game.

"The important thing to remember is that her fan base is rabid," he told The Journal. "Her Facebook fan base has more than doubled in the past year."

For Deen, it seems just as important that people know her heart.

"I hope one day that everyone can have the opportunity to know who I am, as my family, friends and fans do," Deen told The Journal.

Paula Deen Makes First Public Appearance in Three Months

Embattled TV chef Paula Deen fought back tears as she as greeted by cheers and a standing ovation from a crowd of over 1,500 during an appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston on Saturday.

The event was Deen’s first public appearance since being ousted on the Food Network after admitting to a racial slur.

“These are tears of joy y’all,” she told the throngs of fans, some of which paid up to $400 to attend the special event.

“I’m sure you know, unless you’re living under a rock the last few months have been difficult,” she told the audience. “It was an opportunity to learn. I learned a lot about myself and my business. I just want to thank y’all from bottom of my heart.”

Deen and her sons participated in a VIP meet and greet along with a book signing. Both events Saturday were sold out.

In late June, the Food Network dropped the controversial celebrity chef from its programming lineup in the wake of a deposition that recently surfaced in which she is quoted expressing racist sentiments and using the &ldquoN&rdquo word.

Deen subsequently apologized for her remarks, saying “&ldquoI want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”

Deen had been a star attraction on the cable channel since 1999, where she built a multimedia empire around herself that extended to restaurants, cookbooks and other merchandise.

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"These are tears of joy, y'all," Deen said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "This is my first time out in three months."

"I've said all along that the one place I'd want to make my first step back out is Texas," she continued.

"Y'all's hearts are as big as your state."

Deen was at the center of a public scandal in May after admitting in a deposition that she had used the n-word in the past. In the subsequent fallout, Deen lost her spot on the Food Network as well as several lucrative endorsement deals with Target, Sears, Walmart, Home Depot, and Kmart, among others.

Last month, a Georgia federal judge threw out the suit which Deen's difficulties stemmed from. The judge deemed Lisa Jackson, the employee who brought the discrimination suit against Deen, "at best…an accidental victim."

Paula Deen's Turnaround

To say that Paula Deen has had a rough year understates the difficulties she has endured this spring and early summer. I’ve reported extensively on the controversy surrounding her. On May 17, the celebrity chef testified in a deposition for a lawsuit against her that she used the N-word some time in the past. As a result, Food Network refused to renew her contract, and sponsor after sponsor dropped her. Despite the hatred coming her way from many corners, her fans throughout the South rallied around her.

These days, it looks as though things are starting to turn around for her. A new publisher has picked up her upcoming cookbook, and she has begun to pop up here and there. Last month, she appeared on MasterChef (in an episode produced long before the deposition), judging the contestants in a Southern cooking challenge.

Last week, the Houston Chronicle reported on Deen’s appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show — her first public appearance since June.

Paula Deen fought back tears Saturday as she was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation from a crowd of about 1,500 during her appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at Reliant Center.

It was Deen’s first public appearance since late June, when news broke that she had used a racial slur.

“These are tears of joy, y’all,” Deen told the audience. “I’ve said all along that the one place I’d want to make my first step back out is Texas. Y’all’s hearts are as big as your state.”

Deen presented two cooking demonstrations and appeared with her two son, who are cooking stars in their own right.

Her fans in attendance could hardly contain their excitement.

Houston resident Sherry Carter and her daughters, Shana Randle and Michelle Sanders, who were among a few African-American fans in the audience Saturday, said the allegations hadn’t turned them against Deen.

“When I first heard about it, my feeling was, she got caught,” Carter said. “Just about everyone I know has used the word. At least she was honest about it.”

Four friends from the Fulshear-Richmond area wore sashes and carried placards with Deen’s photo to show their support.

Stephanie Young said they had the placards from last year’s show the sashes were a last-minute addition that she made Friday night for fellow supporters Kelly Eldridge, Sue Yoder and her daughter-in-law, Alix Yoder.

“We wanted to step it up because she’s had a rough year,” Young said. “We want her back on TV, and we love her.”

I’m encouraged to see Deen making such a triumphant return from this summer’s controversy. Her resilience in the face of what could have wrecked her career demonstrates her lifelong bent for overcoming adversity and defying the odds. Good for her, and good for the legions of fans who have been waiting for her reemergence.

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