Paula Deen got a standing ovation to thunderous applause from her audience of 1,500 fans at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show in Houston on Saturday. In Paula's first public appearance since her N-word scandal, Deen broke down into tears on stage, according to Radar Online on Sept. 14.
Paula Deen was infamously fired from the Food Network, and lost several other lucrative endorsement deals in the weeks following her controversial deposition admission.
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Deen was being sued by a former employee for wrongful termination from her hugely popular Savannah, Ga., restaurant, when she admitted during the deposition to using the racial slur years ago.
"These are tears of joy, y’all", Deen said crying, adding, "I’ve said all along that the one place I’d want to make my first step back out is Texas. Y’all’s hearts are as big as your state".
Sherry Carter, an African-American, said when she first heard the N-word news, her initial feeling was that she got caught, she told the Houston Chronicle.
Carter said though, that just about everyone she knows has used the word at some point in time. "At least she was honest about it", she said.
Likely Deen garnered all the positive response Saturday because the people that came out to see her were fans. But, it's still nice to see her not vilified in the way that she was earlier this summer.
Maybe this marks the beginning of Paula's climb back into America's hearts and kitchens. What do you think, should Deen get another chance?