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Paula Deen announces summer tour

Former Food Network star Paula Deen is going on tour this summer throughout the South, according to People.

Deen, who battled allegations of racism last year and was subsequently let go from the Food Network, has been trying to clean up her tarnished reputation and the newly announced tour is her latest attempt to get back in America’s favor.

So far, seven shows have been announced in locations including Nashville and Atlanta. Each show will be 90 minutes and feature cooking demos and interaction with the audience. Tickets go on sale May 1.

Paula Deen restaurant closes

A wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House announced the closure Thursday on its Facebook page, The Savannah Morning News and WSAV television reported.

“Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba’s is now closed,” the Facebook message said.


Paula Deen cooks up $75M comeback deal

Paula Deen has found a key ingredient to bringing some sizzle back to her career — a cash infusion worth at least $75 million from a private investment firm.

The Savannah-based celebrity cook announced Wednesday that she’s launched an umbrella company that will oversee her restaurants, cookbooks, product endorsements, and other remaining slices of her media empire. The new company, called Paula Deen Ventures, said private-equity firm Najafi Companies is investing $75 million to $100 million to help Deen make a comeback.

Deen’s fortunes took a dive last year after comments she made under oath during proceedings in a lawsuit, namely that she had used racial slurs in the past, became public. The Food Network dropped Deen, as did pork producer Smithfield Foods, book publisher Ballantine, and several other companies that paid her to endorse their products.

In a statement, Deen praised the partnership with Phoenix-based Najafi and the decision to name Steven Nanula, who has already worked with Deen for the past two years, to serve as CEO of Paula Deen Ventures. READ FULL STORY

Both sides agree to drop Paula Deen lawsuit

Lawyers signed a deal Friday to drop a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit against celebrity cook Paula Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network and other business partners after she said under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past.

A document filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah said both sides agreed to drop the lawsuit “without any award of costs or fees to any party.” No other details of the agreement were released. The judge in the case had not signed an order to finalize the dismissal.

Former employee Lisa Jackson last year sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, saying she suffered from sexual harassment and racially offensive talk and employment practices that were unfair to black workers during her five years as a manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. Deen is co-owner of the restaurant, which is primarily run by her brother.

Paula Deen lawsuit: Race-based claims thrown out

A federal judge in Georgia has thrown out race discrimination claims by a former Savannah restaurant manager whose lawsuit against Paula Deen ended up causing the celebrity cook to lose a big slice of her culinary empire.

Lisa Jackson sued Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, last year saying she was subjected to sexual harassment and racist attitudes during the five years she worked at their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House. But U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who is white, has no standing to sue them for race discrimination.

The ruling leaves intact Jackson’s sexual harassment claims.

The Food Network and other business partners dropped Deen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past during questioning by Jackson’s lawyers.

Bobby Deen, Paula Deen's son, gets married

Paula Deen, the embattled former Food Network star, found some time in between her legal woes and mounting lost endorsements to host a wedding for one of her sons, Bobby Deen, on Saturday, reports People.

Deen hosted the surprise wedding at her Savannah, Georgia, home. Bobby Deen, star of the Cooking Channel’s Not My Mama’s Meals, tied the knot with Claudia Lovera, a Venezuelan TV producer.

Paula Deen dumps legal team after admitting slurs

Paula Deen has replaced her lead legal team, the latest fallout from her admission she used racial slurs in the past.

Deen announced last week she had cut ties with her longtime agent who helped make her a Food Network star and start a media and merchandising empire that has largely collapsed.

Grace Speights, an attorney for Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, has been retained as the new lead counsel for Paula Deen Enterprises Inc. and other defendants in an employment discrimination lawsuit, according to Jennifer Costa, a spokeswoman for the Washington-based firm.

The lawsuit was filed by Lisa Jackson, who once worked as a manager at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers. Jackson says she was sexually harassed and worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and innuendo.

Asked in a deposition if she had ever used the N-word, Deen replied: “Yes, of course.” But she also insisted “it’s been a very long time.”

Feds: NY man tried to extort $250K from Paula Deen

Authorities on Friday arrested a New York man charged with trying to extort money from embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen in exchange for not going to the news media with “true and damning statements” he said she made.

FBI agents and local sheriff’s deputies arrested Thomas George Paculis, 62, of Newfield, N.Y., Friday morning. A criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court in Savannah, Ga., charges him with extortion.

The complaint says Paculis was threatening to go to the media with statements made by Deen unless the former Food Network star gave him $250,000. The complaint does not specify what was in the statements Paculis claimed were made by Deen.

Paculis did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Friday. A call to a phone number for Paculis found in the criminal complaint rang unanswered. He had his initial court appearance Friday in New York and was released on bond, said FBI Special Agent Stephen Emmett in Atlanta. He has been ordered to appear in federal court in Savannah on July 16.

Deen’s business deals began falling apart last month after statements she made when she was questioned under oath in May became public. The questioning was part of a civil lawsuit filed last year by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers. Jackson says she was sexually harassed and worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and innuendo.

Asked in her deposition if she had ever used the N-word, Deen replied: “Yes, of course.” But she also insisted “it’s been a very long time.”

Paculis wrote an email to Deen’s lawyer, Greg Hodges, on June 24, several days after Deen’s statements became public, the complaint says. The text of the email is transcribed in the complaint: “I am about to go public with statements refuting your clients statements about using the ‘N’ word in her business practices at Lady and Son’s… The statements are true and damning enough that the case for Jackson will be won on it’s merit alone…”

Paculis went on to say “there is a price for such information…” and urges Hodges to contact him by email, the complaint says.

Paula Deen dropped by Kmart, Sears, JCPenney

The fallout continues: A day after Deen was dropped by QVC and Target, Kmart and Sears have followed suit. Update: EW has confirmed that JCPenney is ending its professional relationship with Deen as well: “jcpenney has decided to discontinue selling Paula Deen branded merchandise,” the retailer told EW in a statement.

“After careful consideration of all available information, we have made the decision to phase out all products tied to the brand. We will continue to evaluate the situation. Our members’ needs will be given first priority as we work to continue to provide quality cookware in our stores and online,” Sears Holdings, which owns both Sears and Kmart, said in a statement to EW.

In addition to Kmart, Sears, QVC and Target, Deen’s business relationships have also ended with Novo Nordisk, Walmart, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Smithfield Foods, and The Food Network since she admitted to using racial slurs in a deposition filed June 17.

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More companies drop Paula Deen endorsement deals, including QVC, Target

All the South’s butter and all her fans’ ire can’t save Paula Deen’s crumbling empire.

People confirms that two more business partners are severing ties with the embattled ex-Food Network star: Target, which is phasing out Deen-branded merchandise, and Novo Nordisk, the diabetes drug company that entered into a controversial partnership with Deen after she revealed her type 2 diabetes diagnosis last year.

“We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on,” the retail giant said in a statement Thursday. “Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory.”

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