Paula Deen Making $75M Comeback
She wins investor backing for new company
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 12, 2014 3:55 PM CST
Paula Deen poses for a portrait in 2012.   (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

(Newser) – Get ready to see much more of Paula Deen. The celeb chef seems to have rebounded from last year's mess over her use of a racist slur with an investment of $75 million from a private-equity firm, reports CNN Money. Deen is teaming with Najafi Cos. to create Paula Deen Ventures, and she's reportedly in talks with retail chains and TV networks about partnerships. (The Food Network says it is not among those talking to Deen.)

Deen tells the Wall Street Journal that she's confident she will succeed given that "hundreds of thousands of my fans sent me messages of love and support," especially through the We Support Paula Deen Facebook page. TMZ notes that Jahm Najafi, owner of the company backing Deen, also owns SkyMall magazine and wonders whether "Paula's pots and pans (will) end up in the mag."

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Sep 23, 2014 1:07 PM CDT
I could NEVER stand Paula Deen. Her drawl and her unhealthy recipes are YESTERDAY. She has no place in today's cooking world. She was a liar and hid her diabetes while taking megabucks from a pharmaceutical company. I have no interest in watching her or purchasing any books or utensils that she may try to sell.
Feb 20, 2014 2:32 PM CST
I will be thrilled if Paula returns in a show on t.v. featuring her cooking. I truly pray that it becomes a reality.
Feb 17, 2014 11:06 AM CST