"Hi, I'm back!"
Paula Deen wooed a Houston crowd Saturday during her first appearance since the revelation that she used a racial slur in the past, according to CNN affiliate KPRC.
The Southern food diva looked straight into the lens of a camera, waved, smiled and winked as a sold-out audience of 1,500 cheered her on during a cooking demonstration at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show.
After a standing ovation, Deen wiped the tears on her face and 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 was Texas."
Deen fan Lucas Boucher flew in from Los Angeles to meet the chef.
"I started getting teary-eyed and I just told her we got her back and I said, 'I'm sorry you're going through this.' And she was crying," said Boucher, who wore a T-shirt with Deen's face imprinted on the front.
Deen's career and public reputation went into a tailspin in June after her deposition in a lawsuit brought by a former restaurant employee was released. In the video, Deen admitted using the "N word" in the past.
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I know all about not feeding the trolls, but what is that crap down below me?
Isn't there some kind of spam filter for that nonsense?
I know, right? Eatocracy really needs a report abuse button.
Ugh - I wish we had that, too. But I do appreciate it when you flag them. I hate the spam as much as you do - more, probably.
See if she gets the same standing ovation in Seattle.
It's always raining tears in Seattle...Especially from 49'er Fans......:))
I 100% agree with you. New Jersey/New York wouldnt even come to the showing.
As much as I can't stand anything about Paula Deen, I got no enjoyment out of seeing what she was put through. But I'm still in no rush to ever see her back on TV.
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