September 16th, 2013
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"Hi, I'm back!"

Paula Deen wooed a Houston crowd Saturday during her first appearance since the revelation that she used a racial slur in the past, according to CNN affiliate KPRC.

The Southern food diva looked straight into the lens of a camera, waved, smiled and winked as a sold-out audience of 1,500 cheered her on during a cooking demonstration at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show.

After a standing ovation, Deen wiped the tears on her face and told the crowd, "These are tears of joy, y'all. I've said all along that the one place I'd want to make my first step back out was Texas."

Deen fan Lucas Boucher flew in from Los Angeles to meet the chef.

"I started getting teary-eyed and I just told her we got her back and I said, 'I'm sorry you're going through this.' And she was crying," said Boucher, who wore a T-shirt with Deen's face imprinted on the front.

Deen's career and public reputation went into a tailspin in June after her deposition in a lawsuit brought by a former restaurant employee was released. In the video, Deen admitted using the "N word" in the past.

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    November 28, 2013 at 2:29 am |
  2. RC

    I know all about not feeding the trolls, but what is that crap down below me?
    Isn't there some kind of spam filter for that nonsense?

    September 17, 2013 at 6:47 pm |
    • JellyBean

      I know, right? Eatocracy really needs a report abuse button.

      September 18, 2013 at 8:55 am |
      • Kat Kinsman

        Ugh - I wish we had that, too. But I do appreciate it when you flag them. I hate the spam as much as you do - more, probably.

        September 18, 2013 at 9:09 am |
        • RC

          Thanks Kat!

          September 18, 2013 at 10:36 am |
  3. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    See if she gets the same standing ovation in Seattle.

    September 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm |
    • RichardHead

      It's always raining tears in Seattle...Especially from 49'er Fans......:))

      September 16, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫


        September 17, 2013 at 9:42 am |
      • RC


        GO HAWKS!!

        September 17, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • worthit31

      I 100% agree with you. New Jersey/New York wouldnt even come to the showing.

      December 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
  4. Agrav8td

    As much as I can't stand anything about Paula Deen, I got no enjoyment out of seeing what she was put through. But I'm still in no rush to ever see her back on TV.

    September 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
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