Paula Deen Breaks Down During First Appearance Since Racism Scandal

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Paula DeenShe's been hiding out all summer, but she's baaaaack! Paula Deen has made her first public appearance after her n-word scandal got her canned from the Food Network and dropped by a host of companies in June. And it didn't take long for her to break down in tears.

Deen has been pretty darn quiet since June aside from showing up on a pre-recorded episode of Gordon Ramsay's Fox show MasterChef a few weeks back. Her appearance drew some criticism but nothing like the holy hellfire that erupted after a worker filed a lawsuit accusing the Southern cooking queen of racial and sexual discrimination.

So apparently she thought it was OK to come back?

Fans at the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show in Houston, Texas apparently agreed. They gave Deen a standing ovation, to which she responded by busting out the waterworks, reportedly stating:

These are tears of joy, y'all ... This is my first time out in three months.

Would you have clapped for her or are you thinking she should have stayed in hiding?


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belon... belongs2Jesus

got it you hate her because of a false complaint made against her. Not everyone hates everyone.

2rcom4t 2rcom4t

It's called the STIR for a reason, All they do is STIR. Sad really, This is the best the writer could come up with, Just shows why they write for gossip magazine

D.j. Lord

if only her last name was baldwin..then the stir would have said she was justified and forgot all about it

Austi... Austinsmommy12

28 years ago. 28. SERIOUSLY Stir? Get a life. Go persecute Kanye for saying it.

nonmember avatar jo blow

Clap, get over it.

Roxygurl Roxygurl

I'd have clapped for her, wish I would've been there.

Todd Vrancic

I guess all the people who want to hold this against her for so long are perfect.  Must be so nice to be perfect.

Sara Cunningham

I wouldn't have clapped for her. But I don't think she should be in hiding or harassed, no matter how wrong the way she acted was. Hopefully she'll learn to be more sensitive to other human beings in the future.

Taisie Taisie

Paula Deen worked hard to get where she is now,really hard, she doesn't deserve to lose everything for one mistake. Gads,  I'd hate to be famous!

Gifti... Gifting101

So happy to see she is over-coming!  Paula is a special person and hard worker...proud of that Southern Magnolia.

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