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She's Baaaacccckkkkkkk Paula Deen's comeback..........

CNBC reported it was 100 million she received in backing but either way I would say that's a substantial sign of support!

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  1. Oh dear. I was enjoying a respite from her horrible and plastic "Y'all" to say nothing of the fake-ness of it all. It's as annoying as Folse saying "Lou WHEEZE-iana"
    and making up another story about th' happy days down on th' plantation with Memere and Tante Eugenie and other people cobbled from Lillian Bourgeois' book.

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    1. re: hazelhurst

      I know PD irked a great many CH's who voiced their opinion for weeks on this board. I only believe this: I believe in second chances most of the time. I believe many who have fallen from grace in the public eye have been given second chances. And I believe that the public (generally speaking) is fickle and flip flops quickly as the tide of public opinion shifts but no one likes to be reminded that they do.

      So while I'll wait and see on how invested my purse strings would ever be on products sold by PD brands, you'll never see me throw stones directly at PD's head.

      1. re: HillJ

        Most attacks on her following the public :scandal:" were baloney and self-serving. I just don't want to hear that fake voice and be exposed to the faux TV stuff--and no I cannot turn it off because I run into it playing when I am out to dinner in various places. Her early shows were fairly inoffensive and then TV Consultants had her come up with her tag line and the way overdone "y'all" and the total horsecrap about being surprised in Paris etc.

        It is simply too much. But economically she'll be fine. Unfortunately, others will be encouraged to go and do likewise. Ugh. Of course, she is not alone, The kitchen contests are also revolting.

        1. re: hazelhurst

          What do you think of the taste of her food ? If you have been to her restaurants before that is….

          1. re: kevin

            Her food is the least of the problem

          2. re: hazelhurst

            You know way more about PD business and tv programming than I do based on what you just wrote. I can't comment on any of that having no first hand experience with it.

            But your comment is exactly the type of response I was referring to and you must have your reasons for reacting.

            1. re: HillJ

              My remarks have nothing to do with second chances. They has to do with her being annoying long before trouble came her way and now she is, as the OP said, "back." I wish he no ill will and think the original problem was bogus but still still I'll try to avoid her but it will be difficult. As I said about Folse..to whom no scandal has attached...it is all so fake.

              1. re: hazelhurst

                What is Folse? My remarks had to do with second chances, not yours. On that I'm crystal clear. I find lots of people annoying, so what.

                1. re: HillJ

                  It spreads llike Plague

                  Folse is a somehat Celebrity Chef now running Revolution in New Orleans. His public persona is also supported by television.

                  1. re: HillJ

                    I think he is referring to John Folse, a well know Louisiana chef and host of various local cooking shows. I know nothing of Hazelhurst's claims regarding Folse being "fake" though.

                    1. re: rasputina

                      I can attest that Mr. Folse is by no means "fake". Some years ago, I followed a recipe in his book for pralines. I had great difficulty and CALLED him up on it. He walked me through the recipe and it turned out great. In addition, we got to talking and I explained I saw Steens Cane Syrup in his books and could not get it in the Northeast. He asked me my address and two days later I had a CASE of it--sent by Mr. Folse himself. I admire the guy. Totally nice!

              2. re: hazelhurst

                Try restaurants without TVs.

                1. re: BubblyOne

                  find one

                  1. re: hazelhurst

                    I have no idea where you live, but the majority of the places I eat do not have TVs in the dining area- unless it's a bar or sports bar.

                    And they wouldn't be showing Food Network in any case.

                    1. re: BubblyOne

                      Yes, I've never seen Food Network on any restaurant tvs. The few places I've been to that have tbs always have sports on.

                      1. re: rasputina

                        That is,admittedly, the general rule. I have been places where the patrons are told that Tv must be on sports all the time when asked if the news could be put on. But I have seen ""the Wizard of Oz' left on in Ye Olde College Inn in new Orleans.

                        In Baton rouge, as a rule, it MUSt be LSU anything..even if it is a grainy basketball game. It is de rigeur to scream. But if no one is watching, the managers and a cookor two at places like the Chimes would see what FooodTV had on in medafternon. I think they have decided that LSU Anything now rules...or talking Head sports junk.

                        1. re: hazelhurst

                          Are you kidding, when I lived in Baton Rouge LSU was the first thing people talked about before mass even. We did not have a tv in the narthex though LOL.

                          1. re: rasputina

                            I'm surprised. Check again in a year or two.

                            1. re: hazelhurst

                              Smiling here. I was in Atlanta in 2001 when the LSU purple played the Tennessee orange for the SEC championship. I couldn't miss out on all the brouhaha of happy people all over town on Friday, so I scored a ticket on the elevator at my hotel and watched LSU thump the Volunteers! Good fun.

                2. re: hazelhurst

                  "I run into it playing when I am out to dinner in various places."

                  Where in the heck are you eating?

                  1. re: KrumTx

                    If I am grabbing a sandwich---amnd Iam not talking about Commander's or the like---just about everywhere has a telelvision. And FoodTv is sometimes on if a cook or patron who cooks wants to play at, say 4:00. In Baton Rouge, where I spend time there is NOWHERE without one (well, Pinetta's) Even their Galatoire's has several (not in the dining room but it does have tinned "music." If it IS bar only (see also Mansur's) the things bleed over. SOmetimes I will eat in bar to avoid burning up a two or four top.and there is no choice. Fod TV is OK if the sound is off or down..it is better than perpetual basketball, but the sound is what annoys me in the subject case. Now, somewhere , sometime, I'll be subjected to that "y'all" when least expect it. I was so enjoying the lack of it. It's like Martha Stewart getting out---although fortunately I have been spared encountering her on the airwaves of late.

                    As indicated, it is the mendacity that chiefly offends. It traduces the dignity of Man.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      I agree it's pretty damn grating when you are biting into your crabmeat mason and slathered grilled toast points if foie gras, and you have PD sreaming "y'all" in that overly saccharine, overly exaggerated Southern drawwwwwl.

                      1. re: kevin

                        having anything..Deen, basketball,State of the Union, or "Citizen Kane" interrupt crabmeat (no toast points) and or foie gras is annoying You don't even need the TV anymore though. Someone will have a portable annoyance wherever you go

                        1. re: hazelhurst

                          Unless you're in one of those homemade shacks chowing down on the outskirts of New Iberia where there is no cell reception.

                          1. re: kevin

                            Be sure not to sip from the Dixie Beer can that has the tobacco spit.

                            1. re: Veggo

                              Damn, I just lost my lunch.

              3. re: hazelhurst

                She did seem pretty fake and her eats were not that great either.

                1. re: hazelhurst

                  How much time have you spent around southerners her age?

                  I am originally from Atlanta, born and raised. Our next door neighbor, a dear, sweet lady, sounded just like her.

                  It is something you can try to fake, and southerners can always tell, but Paula's is the real thing. You may not like it, and that is fine, but it doesn't make it fake.

                  1. re: barbaract

                    Actually hers is overdone./..look at her original shows where she is certainly Southern but not that overdone. I strongly suspect that when she got media consultands they told here to ham that up.(These are the ones who give "personalities" their tag lines. "BAM!" or "It's a good thing.")

                    Her Get-Away to Paris, which I watched like you'd watch a train wreck, was appalling.

                    It don't have a problem with her per se but rather with the TV doctors. Still, my original point stands..I was hoping to not have to hear that marzipan bleat.

                    1. re: hazelhurst

                      That's what I thought. An expert on South Georgia accent, but never lived there. You can proclaim her accent overdone, with nothing to compare it to. Like her, hate her, but her accent IS spot on. I lived 8 years in Macon. 4 years in Athens, (Univ. of Ga.) and 12 in Atlanta. I know a Georgia accent. You are talking out of your hat. Find something else to complain about.

                      1. re: barbaract

                        I need not prove bona fides being a native southerner. I grew up with armies of Amanda Wingfields (OK that is Miss'ippi). Your conclusion cannot be drawn from the information at hand. I can, however to her early television shows where her accent is less exaggerated..see also, the copy. Her handlers hammed it up. this is a complaint about TV show matters, not La Deen in particular. I made the similar observation about Louisiana's John Folse.

                        But her Paris episode remains painfully manufactured.

                      2. re: hazelhurst

                        OMG

                        Powlah in Paris ? As in Fra- unce?

                        1. re: C. Hamster

                          Malheuresment.

                          1. re: C. Hamster

                            Oui, vous-toutes

                    2. If Duck Dynasty can make a comeback, so can Paula. Fans of both have the same gene pool.

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                      1. re: Veggo

                        Spot on Veg!

                        1. re: Veggo

                          Disagree - at least Paula apologized. Maybe not the way people wanted her to (which, judging by previous threads on this subject, would have had her bound, attached to a lead weight and thrown in a deep pool to see if she drowned - while she apologized).

                          1. re: MplsM ary

                            Most apologies are whitewash, dark souls are in the marrow. JMO.

                            1. re: Veggo

                              I agree with that, actually. But I also think that, after exposing darkness, it is telling to see who defends or stays with the offender and who leaps aside pretending to never have known them. Or, having never liked the person in the first place, some decide to cast far-flung aspersions.

                              I also think some pretty interesting dialogue came out of the "Paula Deen Incident." Even beyond the scope of racism, discussions encompassing intention, guilt, remorse and how a 24 hour news cycle pounds on some stories more than others.

                        2. Any money maker will quickly be redeemed. Part of the American economy.

                          If you are lucky enough to come across some original Junior League or church recipe books from the 40s and 50s, they have 2 things in common.

                          Fried in lard, and copious amounts of butter.

                          Welcome to the old South cuisine.

                          1. I really don't care, and when I said I don't care, I really mean it as in neutrally don't care. I never really followed her show, and never really hate her that much.

                            I don't care much.

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                            1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                              Enough to post :-D

                              1. re: linguafood

                                Based on self examination, I would say that is because I care more about other people's reactions.. In other words, I care about how people feel about Paula Deen than I care about Paula Deen herself.

                                Think of it this way. I don't really care about the novel "Twilight". Never read it, very unlikely that I will ever read it. However, I am interested of other people's fascination of it.

                                I still don't care about romance novel about vampires and werewolves.

                                1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                  I don't care either! Not about you CK, about Paula, Vampires or Romance Novels!

                            2. Well, this will be interesting... I'm curious to see how well she does.

                              1. Good luck to her.
                                Nigella and the Duck Dynasty guy didn't seem to get near the crap she did.

                                Now the guy in Oklahoma with the anti gay, disabled, on support restaurant.....

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                                1. re: Firegoat

                                  at least nigella is slightly easy on the eyes.

                                  1. re: kevin

                                    nigella is a goddess...

                                  2. re: Firegoat

                                    Nigella didn't do anything to harm anyone.

                                    1. re: mcf

                                      that true. and she's so beautiful it's ok even if she did...

                                      1. re: Gastronomos

                                        I definitely would not throw her out of bed.

                                        And would quite enjoy some action with her. :)

                                  3. If that animal-abusing Michael Vick got a second chance at football with the disgusiting Philadelphia Eagles giving him a second chance..then Paula Deen deserves a second chance. She said a horrible word. Vick did some horrific actions to animals. He's worse in my book.

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                                    1. re: jarona

                                      I used to be an Eagles fan. I'm so disgusted that they gave Vick a place on the team I root for them to lose every single game.

                                      1. re: rasputina

                                        Plus one.

                                        1. re: kevin

                                          Kevin, Rasputina--I seriously thought I was the lone person in the Philly 'burbs who felt this way. I have two kindred spirits on this board:) I don't care WHO the Eagles play..I always make it a point to be very vocal about my cheering for the team they play. I despise the entire Eagles organization for hiring Vick.

                                      2. re: jarona

                                        I've always liked the Philadelphia vibe, but marvel at that aspect of the town which has a fair-sized cohort of natives rooting *against* the home team. And everybody I know there says, "yeah, well, that's Philly for you."
                                        I really haven't seen that quirk anywhere else in the world, and it fascinates me.

                                        EDIT: ...and clearly, it doesn't come only from M.Vick.

                                        1. re: jarona

                                          Michael Vick went to prison. Paula Dean lost her television contract. This comparison is almost as irrelevant as Animal cruelty vs Human bondage.

                                        2. Paula Deen and the Duck Dynasty people are all the same to me. People like them give white trash a bad name.

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                                          1. re: emu48

                                            I watched Duck Dynasty for about 5 minutes a few weeks ago to see what it's all about, and I was paralyzed with boredom.

                                            1. re: emu48

                                              And the DD dingdongs aren't even *real* "white trash".

                                              They're all super-rich yuppies who grew beards just for the show.

                                              "Reality TV".

                                              1. re: linguafood

                                                Now you have me thinking about Larry the Cable Guy's wardrobe designer. Not quite Edith Head.

                                              2. re: emu48

                                                If Paula Deen is giving white trash a bad name then I don't want to even know how bad white trash really is.

                                              3. I hate it when people refer to "my fans".

                                                1. You know, I like her, and always have. The racist thing disgusts me, but other than that, i've always (almost) liked her shows and that's my story and I'm stickin' with it.

                                                  1. I'll be in Savannah in about 3 weeks. Is it worth trying her restaurant? Will we only be able to eat deep-fried butter served by a nervous-looking African American?

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                                                    1. re: hal2010

                                                      Depends on what you want. The place is a destination for fans and lots of them. Food is predictably both 'fancied up' and tries to be down-home. Its a mass operation. Food isn't terrible, just over-priced and generic sorta-southern. Lots of sales push for cookbooks etc.
                                                      But if you love/appreciate Ms Deen this may be a very special visit (no sarcasm).
                                                      Went once by myself (curiosity) and again w/a friend (friendship). She was thrilled and happy. I was happy for her.

                                                      1. re: hal2010

                                                        I've heard that her restaurant is very, very good Southern food.I'd go there.

                                                      2. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/...

                                                        "Before a roaring crowd, Irvine then got down on his hands and knees while Deen straddled his back and rode him across the stage, a reenactment of a gimmick they'd done during a previous festival."

                                                        "I'm back in the saddle!" she yelled to the crowd."

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                                                        1. re: miss_belle

                                                          Holy crap. :::shaking my head::: Two peas in a pod. And not surprising to see this on that link:

                                                          "Comments are currently closed for this article."

                                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                                            I'd say they deserve each other. Like that silly stunt wasn't embarrassing enough the first time around.