Paula Deen returns to TV
This could get ugly.
Southern chef and heart attack cuisine queen Paula Deen will end her hiatus from cable TV Wednesday by debuting her own show on Evine Live. The network, formerly known as ShopHQ, will follow up on “Paula Deen’s Kitchen” with a three-hour midweek premiere and air additional live segments once every six-to-eight weeks.
Deen, who has been absent from cable television for 22 months, lost her show after her free and offensive use of racial slurs came to light. The controversy was a result of a 2012 lawsuit filed by a former employee of the celebrity chef and restaurant owner that charged Deen and her brother with sexual harassment and racially insensitive language.
According to The New York Post, a judge dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice in August 2013 despite Deen’s admission of use of the N-word in a deposition in May of that year. Still, it wasn’t enough to salvage her 14-year relationship with the Food Network. Deen also lost millions in endorsement contracts and publishing deals as a result of the revelation.
Despite the hot mess, Evine CEO Mark Bozek is willing to give Deen a second chance. During a recent interview with Bloomberg TV, Bozek stated that, “Everybody makes mistakes” and that Deen “has a good soul.” He also noted her “huge fan base.”
Sounds like a case of C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me) to me!