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Paula Deen Opens Up About Rejuvenating Career: "My Fans Saved My Life"


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Paula Deen's successful career as a celebrity chef came crashing down in June 2013 after she admitted using the N-word while under oath in racial discrimination lawsuit. The aftermath was devastating, the 68-year-old lost millions of dollars from endorsement and sponsor deals, who didn't want to be associated with her name.

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Deen recently opened up about returning to the limelight

However, Deen has now successfully rejuvenated her career via launching her very own digital network. But the journey back into the limelight, which she spoke candidly about while appearing on Tuesday's Meredith Vieira Show, wasn't easy due to the frequent scrutiny.

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Kenny Chesney performs on 'Today'

Paula Deen, Bobby Deen and Jamie Deen - American country music singer Kenny Chesney photographed performing on the TV show 'Today' in NY, New York, United States - Tuesday 23rd September 2014

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Paula Deen, Michael Groover, Bobby Deen and Jamie Deen

Paula Deen Lands Her Own Cooking Digital Network


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Paula Deen is going digital!

The celebrity chef, who used to star on the Food Network, has been given her own digital network, Paula Deen Ventures announced on Wednesday (June 11th).

The interactive digital site is expected to be launched this coming September, and will give food fans exclusive access to Deen's own Southern cooking recipes on iPhones, Smartphones, computers and tablets.

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Paula Deen Can Empathize With Gay NFL Prospect Michael Sam


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Paula Deen's career came to an abrupt end nine months ago, while under oath she admitted to using the N-word in the past.

The aftermath was devastating, as the celebrity chef lost millions of dollars from endorsement and sponsor deals, who didn't want to be associated with her name.

But no the 67 year-old has stated she is "fighting to get my name back", while featuring on the cover of this week's People Magazine.

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Miley Cyrus & Barack Obama Among GQ's 'Least Influential' List


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Dennis Rodman topped one of the least desirable end of year lists going, as GQ placed the North Korea-infatuated former NBA star at the top of their annual 'Least Influential People' list. Rodman took home the dubious honour, which was awarded to Mitt Romney last year, beating politicians, pop stars, actors and actresses to the top spot thanks to his strange connection with North Korea and its dictator Kim Jong Un.

Described as a "Q-list celebrity willing to commit borderline treason just to hang out with a dictator who himself aspires to be a Q-list celebrity," by QG (reprinted by the Associated Press), Rodman won't be letter his minute influence get in the way of continuing his self-imposed peace mission in the dictatorship as he continues to travel back and forth to the Asian nation. Rodman revealed this week that he intends on going back to North Korea for the umpteenth time next month, this time going for an exhibition basketball tour.

Disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen took the number two spot, with her racial slurs and subsequent court case with a former employee seeing her once glittering cooking empire crumble around her. The racist restauranteur was followed closely by former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose sexting exploits returned to the news for a second time whilst he was running for the New York mayorship in July. GQ described the horny Democrat as " the saddest lecher in American politics, and that's saying something, because they're all lechers."

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Houston Culinary Event Sees Paula Deen Return In All Her Glory


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Paula Deen has been keeping a relatively low profile ever since her racism scandal from June, when she admitted to having used the n-word. The former Food Network chef attended the Metro Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston, Texas on Saturday, where she gave a rather emotional display. Paula broke down crying, while the audience burst into a ten-minute round of applause, according to People.

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Apparently Paula is recovering well.

"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."

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'Law & Order: SVU' Episode To Tackle Three Controversies, Including Paula Deen And Trayvon Martin


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Some might question the appropriateness of a Law & Order: SVU episode for tackling Paula Deen’s racism scandal, not to mention the sore topic of the Trayvon Martin case. Still, the rather mixed up storyline has been given the go-ahead. In the upcoming episode, Cybill Shepherd will play Jolene Castille, a celebrity chef (they’re really throwing subtlety out the window on this one, people), who shoots and kills a black teenager in a hoodie on the upper West Side. And here’s the kicker: Jolene shoots, because she believes she’s being pursued by a rapist. The character claims self-defense because she knew the detectives were after a rapist who fit the description, according to TV Guide.

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Paula Deen's racism scandal is clearly referenced, but in a rather troubling context.

So, let’s review: Paula Deen reference: check. Trayvon Martin reference: check. Rape fears used as plot device: once again, check. It sounds like the episode, also starring Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor as Jolene Castille’s defence lawyer and Smash’s Leslie Odom Jr. as, wait for it…a minister. While the topics of rape and racism (not always separately) have once again become hot button, divisive issues in the US, the show seems to be reducing them to one-episode story arcs. According to an interview with Entertainment Weekly, however, the writers actually intended for this to be a divisive, controversial episode.

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TV Chef Paula Deen Wins 'Part' Of Discrimination Lawsuit


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Chef and businesswoman Paula Deen has been partially victorious in a case launched against her by a former restaurant worker, Lisa Jackson. Jackson alleged that, although she herself was white, there was a pattern of racial discrimination against African-American workers at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House restaurant in Georgia. Jackson also claims that she experienced sexual harassment from Paula Deen's brother Earl "Bubba" Hiers during the five year period she worked at the Savannah eatery.

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Paula Deen & Her Brother Bubba Hiers Are Accused Of Racism & Sexual Harassment Respectively.

Ms. Jackson, who had managed Paula Deen's restaurant until 2010, claimed that widespread racial discrimination in the organisation had created a difficult working environment for her, and were "more personally offensive" to her because her nieces are biracial. She also accused Mr. Hiers of making lewd remarks and displaying pornography at the restaurant.

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Paula Deen Wins Racism Lawsuit, But Is It All Over For The TV Chef Already?


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Paula Deen may finally be able to rest a little easier in the coming days, as the disgraced celebrity chef has emerged victorious in her court battle against a former employee claiming she was subjected to racial and sexual prejudice. The ruling federal judge at her case in Savannah, Georgia, threw out the claim against Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers by disgruntled former employee Lisa Jackson, with the judge claiming that she had no right to make the claim in the first place - because she's white. However, her claim of sexual harassment still stands and the court case is due to drag on a little longer.

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Deen's legal worries aren't all over yet

The chef, who recently turned down an offer to appear on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars, may look to be out of the woods, but she is by no means in the clear yet as she now has to clear her name in the public psyche, a task that is going to require one heck of a PR team. Since her racial case was thrown out PR gurus from across the States have concluded that despite what the courts have found, the public's mind is already made up and the die has already been cast on Deen's career. Reputation.com vice chairman Howard Bragman said (reprinted by USA Today) following the court's decision, "As I've said all along, you have to play in the court of law and you have to play in the court of public opinion. Like O.J. Simpson, who won in the court of law but lost in the court of public opinion -- Paula 's in the same situation. You can't put the toothpaste back in the tube now. It's going to be really challenging for her to piece this together."

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Employee's Racial Discrimination Case Against Paula Deen Dismissed By Judge


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A judge ruled the lawsuit filed against Paula Deen for racial discrimination has been dismissed. Ironically, the suit first brought to light Deen's admittance to using racial slurs in the past which effectively destroyed her career.

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Paula Deen arriving outside the Today show studios in New York.

Deen admitted to using the 'n' word in the past, an admission which prompted a media circus, placing the former TV chef under scrutiny. She lost numerous sponsorship deals including her slot on the Food Network.

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Paula Deen Deems 'Dancing With The Stars' Appearance Is "Not Appropriate"


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Paula Deen has rejected an offer from Dancing With the Stars, according to a source speaking to US Weekly. Deen claims "the dance floor is not an appropriate forum", according to a source close to the Southern cook.

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Paula Deen at the 2013 Book Expo at the Jarvis Center, New York.

Deen seems to be staying out of the limelight following the scandal in June, which saw the TV chef dropped by a number of her sponsors and the Food Network. The scandal was caused by Deen's admission that she had used racial slurs. 

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Paula Deen Hires New Legal Team To Defend Her In 'Racial Slurs' Harassment Case


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Celebrity chef Paula Deen has replaced her lead legal team as the controversy surrounding her use racist language continues. Her new attorney, Grace Speights of Morgan, Lewis and Bockius, will be Deen's lead counsel as the harassment court case continues.

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Paula Deen arriving at the 2010 Miss USA Pageant, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.

The case first brought Deen's inappropriate use of language to light in June of this year. The lawsuit was filed by Lisa Jackson, once a manager of Deen and her brother Bubba's restaurant 'Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House'. Jackson claims she was sexually harassed and verbally abused. Jackson she and other employees were verbally abused and the restaurant's owners generally had an unacceptable attitude towards Black, Jewish and female employees, according to reports in USA Today.

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Things Go From Bad To Worse For Paula Deen Following Attempted Extortion Plot


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Paula Deen just can't catch a break at the moment; after seeing her celebrity chef empire crumble around her due to the details of a defamation-case against her being release to the public, Deen has also being getting blackmailed by a man who claims to possess some potentially ruinous information about her. The racist chef can put her mind a ease for now though because on Friday (July 5), the man in question was caught by FBI agents.

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Deen's legal team handled the extortion attempt well

The 67-year-old man, named Thomas George Paculis, was taken into FBI custody following a short-lived investigation that began when Deen alerted authorities that she was being held at ransom towards the end of June - a few days after it became known that she and her brother, Bubba, had used violence, discrimination and racism against a former employee. According to a criminal complaint filed on behalf of Deen, Paculis got himself involved in the situation on June 24, when he sent an e-mail to Deen's lawyer threatening "to go public" with certain details about the chef's use of the "N word" at Lady and Sons.

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Companies Drop Paula Deen, Paula Deen Drops Agent


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Paula Deen has fried… pardon, fired her New York-based agent Barry Weiner, following her n-word controversy and its fallout, TMZ reports. Well, there had to be someone to take the fall for the debacle. In the two weeks, following the scandalous deposition, in which Deen admitted to having used the n-word and made racial jokes, the former Food Network regular has lost millions of dollars in endorsement and sponsorship deals. Wal-Mart, Target, JCPenney, Sears and K-Mart, among others, have all severed ties with the disgraced chef and no longer carry her line of cookware in their stores. Deen’s book publisher has also backed out of the contract.

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Maybe some new representation will fix things.

Additionally, note the use of the word “former”. The first company to drop the butter-loving celebrity chef, was the Food Network, which cancelled Paula’s contract for her two shows – Paula’s Home Cooking and Paula’s Best Dishes. The chef had said on several occasions that Weiss was instrumental in securing the Food Network deal.

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Longtime Agent Takes The Fall After Paula Deen's Career Disaster


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The words “PR fiasco” don’t even come close to describing the media storm around Paula Deen’s N-word scandal, so it’s no surprise that the ex-Food Network star is now on the lookout for a new agent. The butter-loving chef has reportedly dumped her longtime representative Barry Weiner. According to a statement that Deen’s spokeswoman Elana Weiss emailed to the AP on Thursday, while Deen is terminating her professional relationship with Weiner, she remains grateful for all his help with her career in the past decade.

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Deen has parted ways with her agent.

Deen has said previously that her agent was instrumental in securing her first show on The Food Network, Paula’s Home Cooking, in 2002. However, in the wake of the controversy around Deen’s racist remarks and the subsequent blows to her career, it isn’t surprising that she is looking for new representation.

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