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Paula Deen Cooking Up Paid Digital Network

Latest in her comeback machinations

(Newser) - Paula Deen is taking the next step into reinserting herself into your life: The fallen Food Network star is going digital in her quest for a comeback, announcing plans today for the Paula Deen Network, a paid subscription-based network set to launch in September that will be accessible by computer,... More »

Paula Deen Closes Eatery, Doesn't Tell Employees

But, hey, they got severance pay!

(Newser) - The restaurant owned by Paula Deen and her brother Bubba continues to be controversial even while shutting down. Uncle Bubba's Oyster House was the Savannah, Georgia, restaurant at the middle of a sexual harassment lawsuit that ultimately sparked Deen's n-word controversy . It closed "abruptly" yesterday after 10... More »

Paula Deen: I'm Like That Black, Gay Football Player

Says she totally empathizes with Michael Sam

(Newser) - Paula Deen is on the cover of People , and at first, it seemed like your standard, boring comeback interview: She felt like her "world was crashing down," she's "fighting to get my name back," she "would never ever hurt anyone intentionally," she apologizes... More »

13 Big Celebrity Feuds

Let's just say these stars don't get along

(Newser) - Admit it: Celebrity feuds are kinda fun. Radar rounds up 26 of the juiciest. A sampling:
  • Chelsea Handler is friends with Jennifer Aniston and thus no fan of Angelina Jolie, although she once insisted, "It has nothing to do with Jennifer." She just thinks Jolie "seems like
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What It's Like to Take a Paula Deen Cruise

Caity Weaver did it so you wouldn't have to

(Newser) - Gawker writer Caity Weaver had to know what it was like to go on a weeklong cruise with Paula Deen , so she booked and recently completed the January 2014 Eastern Caribbean Paula Deen Cruise—and wrote nearly 7,000 words about the experience for Gawker , including a list of more... More »

Paula Deen Making $75M Comeback

She wins investor backing for new company

(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... More »

Least Influential Person of the Year? Rodman

'GQ' rounds up the 25 people who didn't make a difference

(Newser) - Dennis Rodman certainly thinks he's influential, but GQ disagrees. The basketball star and self-styled North Korea ambassador is the No. 1 entry on the magazine's annual list of the 25 Least Influential People. Rodman "was the first prominent American celebrity invited inside the nation-sized prison that is... More »

Paula Deen Linked to Sweatshop Labor

Radar investigation uncovers unsafe conditions at factories

(Newser) - The latest bit of awful publicity for Paula Deen: Radar accuses the celebrity chef of partnering with companies that use sweatshop labor. An investigation by the gossip site finds that at factories making Deen-branded products, there have been deaths and life-threatening injuries, fires caused by unsafe conditions, and dismal salaries... More »

How 9/11 Gave Us Paula Deen

People sought comfort food, and a star was born: Book

(Newser) - A new book on the Food Network offers an interesting take on how Paula Deen rose to celebrity status: In short, America wanted comfort food after 9/11, and Deen served it up in oh-so-generous portions. From Scratch, excerpted in Salon , recounts how Deen's agent noticed how people were cramming... More »

Paula Deen Is Back: 'Tears of Joy, Y'all'

Celeb chef steps out in public for 1st time since scandal erupted

(Newser) - For those Earthlings enjoying the silence emanating from the piehole of Paula Deen, well, your respite is over: The celebrity chef stepped out yesterday in Houston, in her first public appearance since late June, reports the Houston Chronicle . "These are tears of joy, y'all," Deen told the... More »

Paula Deen Wins One: Racial Bias Claim Tossed

She finally gets a slew of favorable headlines

(Newser) - You know you've made it—or something like that—when both the New York Times and TMZ are covering you. Both publications, among a slew of others, report that a federal judge yesterday threw out the racial bias claim filed against Paula Deen by a former restaurant manager. (This,... More »

Paula Deen's Cook Talks, and It's Not Flattering

Dora Charles says Deen wanted black worker to dress like Aunt Jemima

(Newser) - Paula Deen called Dora Charles, the cook who helped Deen open the restaurant that eventually helped her become famous, her "soul sister" and promised her that "if I get rich, you'll get rich," Charles tells New York Times —from what the paper describes as her... More »

Paula Deen Dumps Legal Team

New lawyer specializes in employment discrimination suits

(Newser) - First she ditched her agent , now Paula Deen is swapping out her legal team in the latest fallout from her n-word scandal, the AP reports. Her new lead counsel is Grace Speights, an attorney with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, who specializes in employment discrimination defense. (The n-word admission... More »

10 More Scandals Involving Star Chefs

Paula Deen is far from the first

(Newser) - We all know about Paula Deen's n-word scandal, but Radar offers up 10 more controversies involving celebrity chefs:
  • Bobby Flay came out to help January Jones after her 2010 car accident, leading to rumors of an affair between the married chef and the Mad Men star. Some think he
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Latest Woe for Paula Deen: Extortion

Man arrested, wanted $250K not to release 'damning' information

(Newser) - We can safely assume Paula Deen is not having a very nice holiday weekend . The latest: Authorities today arrested a New York man charged with trying to extort money from her, in exchange for not going to the media with "true and damning statements" he said she made. According... More »

Paula Deen, Agent Cut Ties

Barry Weiner was key strategist for chef

(Newser) - As companies flee from Paula Deen amid controversy over a racial slur, the chef has broken with her agent. Barry Weiner was a key figure in Deen's professional life: The Wall Street Journal calls him her "chief adviser" and a business strategist who helped direct her company, Paula... More »

20 Celebrity Mea Culpas

Paula Deen joins their ranks

(Newser) - Paula Deen has made a couple of public apologies and/or explanations (not all of them grammatically correct ) for her still-exploding n-word controversy. But she needn't feel alone; she joins a whole slew of other celebrities who had to do the same. Wonderwall rounds up 19 others:
  • Hugh Grant:
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Deen's No. 1 Cookbook? Now Publisher Won't Print It

Ballantine Books canceling publication

(Newser) - Just when you thought there were no more blows left to be dealt to Paula Deen comes this pretty painful one: NBC News reports that company No. 11 is severing ties. Random House imprint Ballantine Books won't go ahead with a planned printing of her new cookbook. Adding to... More »

QVC Confirms It's Dumping Paula Deen

Sears and Kmart are, too

(Newser) - QVC is apparently finished "reviewing" its relationship with Paula Deen in the wake of her n-word controversy, and not surprisingly, that review did not end with good news for Deen. Deen revealed in a statement yesterday that she and QVC have "agreed that it's best for me... More »

3 More Big Blows for Paula Deen

Sayonara Novo Nordisk, Target, Home Depot

(Newser) - As Paula Deen was dropped by seemingly every company she's ever been associated with, Novo Nordisk continued to say it would stand by her—but even that relationship appears to have frayed. The diabetes drug maker that partnered with Deen as she announced she had the disease today announced... More »

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