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Paula Deen Gets Standing Ovation At Her First Public Appearance Since Scandal

September 16, 2013 07:00 AM by Lisa Princ

It’s been a few month since Paula Deen was hit with a racial discrimination lawsuit that rocked her world and caused her empire to crumble around her. Since that time, the former Food Network star and The Who Do You Think You Are alum won the lawsuit, and at her first public appearance since the scandal, Deen was greeted with a standing ovation from fans!

Ever since the controversy surrounding Paula Deen using a racial slur nearly 30 years ago made headlines, the former Food Network star has been keeping to herself. But this weekend, Paula made her first public appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show in Houston, which vowed to stand by Deen despite the controversy, and she was greeted with a standing ovation. Watching the reaction from her supporters brought Deen to tears, as she told the crowd: “These are tears of joy, y’all. 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 went on to add that she took the time away to reflect and learn from her difficult experience. “I’m sure you know, unless you’re living under a rock, the last few months have been difficult. It was an opportunity to learn. I learned a lot about my self and my business. I just want to thank y’all from bottom of my heart,” Deen continued. Despite the controversy, there was no shortage of Deen supporters and fans at the event, who paid up to $400 per ticket to attend the cooking demonstration.

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4 Responses to “Paula Deen Gets Standing Ovation At Her First Public Appearance Since Scandal”

  1. Stephanie Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 7:11 am

    We all make mistakes. I’m glad to see you’re back!! Good for you Paula; and yes, I’m glad she won the lawsuit.

  2. Debra Says:
    September 16th, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Nobody is perfect and I am very happy she won the lawsuit!!! I’m glad to see her come back, way to go.

  3. Shawn Says:
    September 17th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    I’m not exactly sure if she won the case but from my understanding the case was dismissed because there was a settlement/ agreement between the TWO parties

  4. RL Says:
    September 19th, 2013 at 10:29 am

    “she won the lawsuit”
    No,the racial discrimination accusations were true according to several depositions, but Jackson could not claim to be a victim of racial discrimination that targeted PD’s African-American workers because she is white. The remaining claims of sexual harassment and abusive treatment,directly against Jackson validated in several depositions was resolved by a “settlement agreement.”
    It can hardly be said PD won the lawsuit!

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