Paula Deen had her cooking show with the Food Network – which has to be one of the highest honors ever! But after being a part of their family for 14 years, she was dethroned for her excessive and insensitive racist comments.
Well, we all know that Paula Deen never recovered enough to get back on television again – but how has she handled the scandal, and where is she now? Let us first know about her journey.
Paula Deen And Her Journey
Paula is the author of 18 cookbooks and restaurants in Georgia, Alabama, Missouri, South Carolina, and Tennessee. She was born on 19th January 1947 and currently lives in Savanna, Georgia.
She gave birth to her children with her first husband in 1967 and 1970. Paula has revealed that during her 20s, she had a very difficult life, suffering from depression and agoraphobia – during this time, she took to cooking as a constructive hobby, and this is how her passion came to be. According to her, she learned her recipes straight from her grandmother Irene Paul.
She lost her parents at the ages of 19 and 23. Paula self-published her first book in 1997 and became popular from the very first. Her lifestyle magazine Cooking With Paula Deen started coming out in 2005. She divorced her first husband in 1989 and remarried again in 2004.
Why Did Paula Have A Fallout
On 19th June 2013, Paula was deposed through a lawsuit brought about by Lisa Jackson, who worked at her Georgia restaurant Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House previously. It was on this day that the trial saw Paula admit that she had used the n-word in the past.
However, she also added, “That’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.”
But this comment allegedly backfired as many weavers quickly realized that she was exaggerating the naivety of people in the South. Older viewers also compared themselves with her and made it clear that, no, not everyone in the ’60s thought it was okay.
During the same time, Jackson revealed that Paula had asked her black employees to act as enslaved people essentially. A footage from one year previous to this incident by ‘TimesTalk’ where she admitted that her family members during the Civil War had a very slave-like relationship with African American workers in and around their establishments.
What is She Doing Now?
Paula has not backed out of the public spotlight after her full comments and has continued to try to gain back favor over the decades. In 2015, she became a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, from where she was eliminated. Even viewers started complaining about her having been selected for this show!
Paula once again tried to make a comeback in 2016 by hosting Positively Paula on RFD-TV. However, she does maintain a very active social media. She has about 500,000 Instagram followers with whom she not only shares cooking but also the details of her personal life.
Paula also has a great relationship with her two sons, Jamie and Bobby—news to release new cookbooks and merchandise for her followers using online tangents. Paula also has two stepkids and 4 grandchildren.
Paula Deen has received a massive setback that her career will not recover from, but it is inspiring to see that she has tried to find a workaround. Fans still find it strange that she has kept so quiet about what happened and has not made an apology yet.
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