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Paula Deen: 'I'm Back in the Saddle'

The Georgia native with the saucy attitude joined a Food Network host onstage this weekend and again apologized for past use of a racial slur.

Screenshot from Paula Deen Youtube channel.
Screenshot from Paula Deen Youtube channel.
Paula Deen, a Georgia native who had been a staple on the Food Network for more than a decade before losing her show and many sponsorships, told a friendly crowd this weekend that she's "back in the saddle."

Deen's public problems began in June 2013, when it became known that she admitted during a legal deposition that she had used a racial slur.

The Food Network dropped her, and then her publisher, Ballantine Books, did the same.

But, Deen is beginning to regroup her business interests, including an appearance this weekend in Miami. Good Morning America reports Paula Deen Ventures, which includes Paula Deen Foods and Paula Deen Media, have received between $75 million and $100 million from investment firm Najafi Companies.

The food maven took the stage at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, but before beginning her cooking demo asked the crowd if they minded if she talked about something serious for a moment, reports the Associated Press. Without 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.”

Midway through the demo, Food Network star Robert Irvine joined Deen onstage. “You’ve apologized. You’ve eaten crow," Irvine said. "You’re done. Don’t do it anymore. I’ve been there.”

Irvine then got down on his hands and knees while Deen straddled his back and rode him across the stage, a gimmick they’d done during a previous festival, the AP says.

“I’m back in the saddle!” she yelled to the crowd.

Ira February 25, 2014 at 08:46 AM
What the press and Food Network did to Paula Deen is horrible. I agree Octo. Most people have spoken words in their life time that they regret saying now. She is not a racist. In fact there are many spokesman for racism who are so racist.
Karen Harris February 25, 2014 at 10:39 AM
Good for her. She made a mistake..apologized...let's move on and not cast any more stones.
Jyll Jordan February 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM
I agree 100%! I think Food Network, and all those who dropped her like a hot potato, should be ashamed of themselves. I wonder if they would be proud of everything they have said behind closed doors over their lifetime! How petty can we get??!!
bobby black February 25, 2014 at 06:42 PM
You should hear what THEY call each other when several of them get together and start jiving.
Robert Searl February 26, 2014 at 06:42 PM
I still cannot help but wonder if her decision to get back in the saddle is business or moral.

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