Paula Deen was all sobs when she received a standing ovation from the audience at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show in Houston on Saturday – her first public appearance after the crippling N-word scandal.
The celebrity chef – who recently won the lawsuit that sent her career crashing to the ground – couldn’t control her emotions when she mounted the stage and the audience of 1,500 fans giving her a thunderous ovation.
‘These are tears of joy, y’all,’ Deen cried. ‘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.’
After Deen had admitted in a court deposition earlier this year that she had used the N-word ‘once’ during a private discussion with her husband 30 years ago, she lost almost all her endorsements and her cookbook deal. Food Network and a catalog of companies all dropped her because of it.