After shying away from the spotlight since she became embroiled in a scandal involving the N-word, Paula Deen made her first public appearance at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show in Houston, TX on Saturday (September 14).
The Southern cook received a standing ovation when she was introduced to the crowd of nearly 1500 spectators on hand for her cooking demonstrations.
In the midst of all the bad news for Paula Deen, on Friday (August 23) she at least managed to put an end to the lawsuit that started her culinary career crash.
A racial and sexual harassment suit against the comfort-food queen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, has been “amicably resolved,” according to the attorney for the woman who filed it, Lisa Jackson. Jackson worked as general manager at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah, Georgia.
Though the process may have irreparably ruined her career, Paula Deen has prevailed in the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against her.
In a decision, the judge ruled that plaintiff Lisa Jackson could not claim racial discrimination because she is white and any comments that the celebrity cook or any of her associates made would not have legally mattered to someone who was not a target.
Cleaning house in hopes of a fresh start, Paula Deen recently fired her legal team of the firm Oliver Maner.
About a week after ditching agent Barry Weiner, the former Food Network star parted ways with the firm who was defending her against the civil lawsuit regarding she and her brother's Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.
She has lost endorsement deals with countless retailers and her television shows on Food Network, and now Paula Deen has parted ways with her manager just as a New York man has been arrested for trying to extort the Southern cook.
On Thursday (July 4), the Georgia native, who has been the subject of ridicule after admitting to using a racial slur, announced she cut business ties with the agent who helped make her career, Barry Weiner.
They originally said they were weighing their options on whether or not to continue their partnership with Paula Deen, but on Thursday (June 27) QVC announced they are currently dropping the famed chef.
In a statement, head of the home shopping giant explained that this recent decision may not be permanent, explaining, "Some of you may wonder whether this is a 'forever' decision – whether we are simply ending our association with Paula. We don’t think that’s how relationships work. People deserve second chances. And we always strive to do the right thing."