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Paula Deen is launching her own digital network

Go ahead and call it a comeback: Paula Deen — the former Food Network star who was dropped by her onetime TV home as well as several other business partners after a racially-charged lawsuit last year — is launching the Paula Deen Network, an interactive digital platform that will give viewers unlimited access to Paula from a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

“Guess who’s going digital, y’all!  I’m so excited about my new online Network and can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on,” Deen said in a press release. “We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes. Y’all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want — this is for you. I can’t wait to crank up the oven and get cooking for the people I love: my family, my friends and my fans!” READ FULL STORY

Paula Deen says she's 'back in the saddle'

Paula Deen continued maneuvering for a comeback Sunday, turning a beachside cooking demonstration into a public apology for the racist comments that decimated her career last year.

The former Food Network star took the stage to prepare chicken and dumplings at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, but before beginning asked the crowd if they minded if she talked about something serious for a moment. Without ever explicitly discussing the allegations or comments she has admitted making, she said she was glad to be back and that, “I am not a quitter.”

“We have come off of a very hard summer my family and I, my team, my partners,” she said to a cheering crowd of several hundred fans. “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.”

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Teary Paula Deen receives standing ovation in first post-scandal public appearance -- VIDEO

Celebrity cook Paula Deen fought back tears as she was greeted by a supportive crowd during an appearance at a Houston cooking show.

Saturday’s event was Deen’s first public appearance since June when it was revealed that in an earlier legal deposition she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. Within a few days the Food Network yanked her show off the air, Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser, and retailers such as Wal-Mart removed her products from shelves.

The Houston Chronicle reports about 1,500 people gave Deen a standing ovation Saturday when she appeared at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show. She told them their hearts were “as big as your state.”

Deen held two cooking demonstrations, including tips on how to make peanut butter pie. Click below to see Deen’s appearance, courtesy of Fox 26 in Houston. READ FULL STORY

Plea change scheduled in Paula Deen extortion case

A New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen is scheduled to appear before a federal judge to change his plea.

Thomas George Paculis was to appear Friday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Savannah, where he pleaded not guilty during his last hearing in July.

Court records filed last week say 62-year-old Paculis of Newfield, N.Y., has signed a plea agreement with prosecutors. But details haven’t been released.

Prosecutors and Paculis’ defense attorney have declined to comment.

Authorities say Paculis contacted Deen’s attorney threatening to reveal damaging statements by the former Food Network star unless she paid him $200,000. That happened after documents became public that showed Deen acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.

Paula Deen releases statement after being dropped from Food Network

On Friday, the Food Network announced it would not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of the month. Now, Deen has released a statement to People about being dropped.

“I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories,” Deen said. “This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya’ll.”
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QVC is 'reviewing business relationship' with Paula Deen

business relationship with Ms. Deen” in the wake of the Paula Deen scandal of the past week where she admitted to using racial slurs. QVC currently features Paula Deen’s Kitchen, which sells the star’s collection of cookbooks and cookware.

In a statement to EW, a rep for QVC said, “QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation.  QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior.  We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.”

On Friday, the Food Network announced it would not renew their contract with Deen when it expires at the end of the month. But not everyone is ready to drop the star: Since the news broke, the Facebook group “We Support Paula Deen” has generated over 296,000 Likes.

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Paula Deen will appear on ‘Today’ show Wednesday — VIDEO
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Paula Deen will appear on 'Today' show Wednesday -- VIDEO

After canceling on the Today show Friday morning citing ‘exhaustion,’ Paula Deen will return to the morning program for an interview this Wednesday, Matt Lauer announced today.

Deen, of course, is in hot water after admitting to saying racial slurs and other offensive comments in the past, things she admitted during a deposition for a civil suit against her and her brother from a former employee, which alleges that the former employee was sexually harassed and “worked in a hostile environment rife with innuendo and racial slurs.”

On Friday, The Food Network announced it would not be renewing her contract when it expires at the end of June.

Watch the Today segment — which recaps the fallout so far and highlights the support she has from many of her fans — below: READ FULL STORY

Food Network will not renew Paula Deen contract

The Food Network is ending its professional relationship with Paula Deen when her contract expires at the end of June, according to The New York Times.

Earlier today, Deen uploaded an apology video saying, “I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are. I’ve spend the best of 24 years to help myself and others. The color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter…I am here to say I am so sorry.”
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Paula Deen cancels 'Today' interview, citing exhaustion

Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen skipped out on her scheduled Today appearance this morning, citing exhaustion, according to Matt Lauer. “We planned to have an exclusive live interview with Paula Deen this morning,” said Lauer. “She is in a difficult situation over her admission and sworn testimony she used racial slurs in the past. … We arranged an interview this morning. We agreed there would be no restrictions to that interview, only that it would be an open and candid exchange. … She got on a plane and arrived in New York City last night and then we started to hear from her people that she is exhausted.”

Lauer couldn’t help but punctuate the word “exhausted” with a trace of skepticism, and Al Roker jumped in to semi-shame Deen into changing her mind: “She has been on this show so many times. She’s a friend of this show and consider her a friend and hope she would reconsider, because she needs to address this.”

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