Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Society & Culture
  3. Gender Issues

Paula Deen is making a multi-million dollar comeback

See also

If you thought Paula Deen’s career was over, you might want to revisit that thought. Deen is seriously making a comeback.

After accusations of racism surfaced last year and Deen admitting she had used racial slurs in the past, her career was in shambles. Deen lost millions in book deals and product endorsements.

Today the tides have changed. According to Business Week, the private investment firm Najafi Companies is investing $75 million to $100 million to help Deen make a comeback.

After substantially cutting back on public appearances, Deen is back in the forefront and was recently onstage at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival preparing her signature chicken and dumplings.

Before making her dish before a huge crowd, Deen made a serious statement.

"We have come off of a very hard summer my family and I, my team, my partners," she said to a cheering crowd of fans. "But you know—I have heard on more than one occasion ... that I've never apologized. So if anybody did not hear me apologize, I would like to apologize to those who did not hear me."

The crowd erupted into cheers, and fans shouted messages of support.

Deen is also launching an umbrella company, Paula Deen Ventures, that will oversee her restaurants, cookbooks and product endorsements.



  • ESPYS party
    Athletes and celebrities hit the red carpet at Body at the ESPYS party
    Today's Buzz
  • Healthy balance
    Keeping a healthy balance is so important for your own well-being
    15 Photos
  • Apollo
    NASA observes 45th anniversary of Apollo 11: One giant leap for mankind
    14 Photos
  • Unique jewelry
    Nothing catches the eye or completes and outfit like a great piece of jewelry
    12 Photos
  • Student Farmworker Alliance
    Student-Farmworker Alliance launches 'Boot the Braids' web site
    15 Photos
  • Exercise
    Find out why you should exercise to compliment your diet
    10 Photos