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"Hey Y'all" Paula Deen is Back, But Is the Public Ready For Her?

If you’ve missed hearing the queen of southern cuisine’s famous greeting “hey y’all” coming out of your TV, then you won’t want to miss Paula Deen’s comeback. The southern cook who became famous for putting mayo in dishes you never thought possible will be launching a subscriber-based Internet network in the fall.

The news of her comeback has led many to question whether the controversy over her use of racially charged language can be forgotten. USA Today reports about her plans to bring her southern style cooking to the Internet and what she has learned since the scandal and departure from the Food Network.

Though Deen has had offers to come back to TV, she thought the Web was a better way to connect directly to the fans who have missed her. The Paula Deen Network will be subscriber based and she will have more creative control over how everything runs.

Deen recently talked about the scandal and how she has grown since. Her husband Michael was a great strength for her this past year helping her recognize how wrong she had been. She explains, “I used to have dreams that I lost everything. And when it finally happens, you think, 'I'm still alive.'” She adds, “Michael told me, 'You've learned how badly words can hurt and how powerful they are.' I have been hurt by them, and I unintentionally hurt others. But I don't want that to define who I am.”

What do you think of Paula Deen’s plans to launch a Web based network? Do you think the public is willing to forgive and forget?

Will you subscribe to the Paula Deen Network?


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  • VeronicaB By VeronicaB

    I think that's great. Yes I think that the public is ready to forgive and move on. I love Paula Deen I would subscribe to the network

  • Mireya62 By Mireya62

    Those that were willing to forgive and forget, did so already, the rest either didn't care to begin with, or became disgusted with her after the racism incident. I wouldn't pay to watch a Jacques Pepin or an Emeril online pay-channel and both have been favorites for years, so no, even if I was a hardcore fan of Paula Deen, I wouldn't pay for it. Good luck to her, though. Hope everything works out for her and her fans.

  • kohlenblakesmom By kohlenblakesmom

    I think this is wonderful. I love Paula and this was blown way out of the water. Paula has my full support and I hope she does return. I loved her show, just not so much using all the butter. lol

  • msfriendly By msfriendly

    She was wronged and proven so. This whole thing that happened to her was a disgrace. If Martha Stewart can be accepted by the public after she did, than why not Paula?

  • diamonddiaries By diamonddiaries

    Live and let live-- she was insensitive but no one died. Kudos to her for starting a new chapter in her life.

  • Tabetha By Tabetha

    I belive the public is ready she is such a great person and there is not anyone that is mistake free

  • Paperdoll13 By Paperdoll13

    Yesh, I miss seeing her on the cooking shows.

  • fuzzycricket By fuzzycricket

    I wouldn't pay to watch but I do like her. I think the whole thing was blown out of proportion and am glad she can move forward.

  • SiLvEr-StArS By SiLvEr-StArS

    I do like Paula Deen alot. She is a sweet heart. And like many of us said, Iwas blown way of portion. We all make mistakes in life. So I think we all need a second chance in life. So Yes, would be nice to see her come back on TV/The cooking shows. ( Take Care Y'Allllll :)

  • shonvic1981 By shonvic1981

    I did miss her show. You can't always say what you feel. Words can hurt you and others deeply. She has paid the price and should get a second chance. I hope it works out for her.

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