Should The Food Network Bring Back Paula Deen?

Paula Deen is on the comeback trail and may be back on the air before long, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

She recently played to a full audience at a Dallas cooking show and enjoyed a standing ovation. Other fans have taken to the Internet to bemoan the media's treatment of the beleaguered celebrity chef. There's also the case of Thomas George Paculis, who is due to serve two years in federal prison for attempting to extort $200,000 from Deen.

Add it up, Tim says, and there's a sense of momentum investors should be paying attention to -- especially those who own shares of Food Network parent Scripps Interactive (NASDAQ: SNI  ) , which are up more than 15% since Deen's troubles first began. He nevertheless expects a deal to put her back on the air because Deen's popularity would translate to ratings and ultimately revenue. The Food Network and Scripps' network of related lifestyle media channels account for more than 90% of revenue and all of its operating income.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you want Deen back? Would you short Scripps if she returned to the air? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then let us know where you stand in the comments box below.

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  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:06 AM, dumpsterfire wrote:

    why would she go back to food network?

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:07 AM, lildeb120 wrote:

    Why would Paula want to go back to Food Network after they fired her. She needs to make her own mark without these fools!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:13 AM, SJDsgirl wrote:

    No! Food Network dumped her, they deserve no part or her life or her profits. I hope she never goes back. They acted like she was guilty until proven innocent and did not stand by her. I will boycott them and every other company that stabbed her in the back.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:35 AM, BEW7 wrote:

    NO She is a racist and will always be. Let her retire with her millions and leave the rest of us alone.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:41 AM, samwajoe wrote:

    No! Food network are loser's and when they done this to Paula I stopped watching it and another reason some of there show's like you have been chopped, the panel of judges think they are the best cook's in the world but not in my world!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:42 AM, ldluna wrote:

    No! Another network will see the potential and pick it up. Their loss(foodnetwork).

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:43 AM, Vitoponzini wrote:

    What You Have Got Here Is A Few White Collar "Stuff Shirts" Of FoodNetWork That Jumped The Gun To Be Politically Correct And Also They Were Afraid Of Those That Have A Double Standard When It Comes To Who And Who Cannot Use Racism As A Weapon To Try And Destroy A Good Decent Person's Career !!

    And Because Mrs. Paula Deen Told The Truth And Nothing But The Truth She Will Overcome All Of Her Enemies ! The FoodNetWork By Terminating Mrs. Paula Deen Without Wisdom Troubles Has Come To Their Front Door Which Will Cause Them More Pain And Agony Than They May Bear As Far As Losing Viewers And Fans Of The Network !

    As Far As Mrs. Paula Deen Returning To FoodNetWork ? FoodNetWork CEO's Would Have To Make A Nationwide Television Apology To Mrs. Paula Deen And To Her Fans That Have Been Deprived Of Her Skills And Talents !! As Far As Many West Virginians Are Concerned "We" Will Start Again Of Purchasing Products That "We" Have Boycotted The Day That FoodNetWork "ABANDONED" MRS. Paula Deen !! The South And Martha White Flour Has RAISED Again !!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:43 AM, slriberal wrote:


  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:49 AM, MoonDiva66 wrote:

    First why would she even want to return to their network? Second, if they can allow Robert Irvine a chance to come back, then they should allow her the same. Irvine lied about his background whereas Paula told the truth. I don't agree with making racial statements against anyone but people make mistakes and this apparently happened years ago. Forgive and move on.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:52 AM, Aruff1 wrote:

    No. She is a civil war relic. Let her go back in the woods and finish off that last jug of moonshine.

    By the way the audience she is reaching is all sharing that moonshine.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:55 AM, nanaclaus08 wrote:

    No, Food Network dumped her as did her sponsors. I am a huge Paula fan and always will be. Another Network will pick her up and appreciate her and I will be watching her there!!!!

    Food Network made a huge mistake, one that I can not forgive. I am from Virginia and she has many fans here.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:55 AM, caraghiaur wrote:

    No! Her food is disgusting! The Food Network is better off without those greasy, heavy, unhealthy concoctions. We in the north-east do not eat that kind of junk.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:55 AM, szapata29 wrote:

    I don't think she needs foodnetwork, she could hat save her own show, she is a nice lady, who hasn't say a racist word in their lif, I have a lot ot times and I am not racist

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:56 AM, cami0917 wrote:

    They should, BUT I would prefer to see Paula go to work on another network or better yet start her own.......they dumped her after years of loyal service and unfairly I might add. So yes we would all love to see Paula on the air again, BUT with another station. YOU LOSE, SHE WINS! As a "southern gal" she should have the last word.....just a bit of advice from an old yankee. Have a great day!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:58 AM, sales30 wrote:

    Although I can't imagine why she would go back, I never watch Food Network since they took her off, if she will go back, they should welcome her with open arms.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:58 AM, saltybonz wrote:

    Yes they should but she needs to DECLINE the offer! I second that Robert Irvine was asked to come back after a huge set of lies as well as Cat Cora that was busted for DUI. Everyone has issues and not perfect so for them to dump her before the end of the trial was a really bad move! She can get backing from a more loyal network!

    But do miss seeing Paula!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:58 AM, livewire90210 wrote:

    The FoodNetwork sucks. Paula Deen doesn't need them. There are a multitude of cable channels that are a better option and that aren't so self-righteous like the above mentioned network.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:59 AM, ronsunn wrote:

    Paula Deen didn't lose her tv show and endorsements do to a knee jerk reaction by uninformed executives. If anything the comments posted here only illustrate why we won't be seeing her anytime soon.

    The comments in Ms. Deen's deposition were part of a pattern of strange and bizarre statements she's made over the years (telling inappropriate jokes at her live cooking shows, using inappropriate language around children). The people around her would defend her as being a "bawdy broad" but that's not necessarily the image that corporate America wants to be tied to. In short her deposition wasn't an isolated event, it was the final straw.

    Most comments have focused solely on the supposed isolated use of the "n" word years ago. It that was her only transgression this likely would have blown over quickly. But it isn't. She acknowledged that she wanted waiters dressed a plantation workers at her brothers wedding and said that off-color, racist or homophobic jokes in the work place are no big deal.

    Corporations don't come to snap decisions. They agonize over them and ultimately make decisions purely for economic reasons. In the case of Paula Deen there was no financial benefit in continuing the relationship given her prior history. Companies that won't tolerate this type of behavior from their employees certainly cant' tolerate it from a spokesperson or on camera talent.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:59 AM, NYGramma wrote:

    She should pull an Oprah and start her own network. She never should have been fired in the first place and, if I was her, I'd tell them where to put it if they offered to rehire me.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:59 AM, Paulafan75 wrote:

    I want Paula back. I loved her show. I love her family and the fact that she included them so often in her work. After all, Southern cooking is all about family and community.

    Food network and her cowardly corporate sponsors who abandoned her before the full story was known don't deserve her. The whole lawsuit was specifically for vindictiveness because Deen refused to be blackmailed So what did the media do? Gave the blackmailer exactly what she wanted.

    So now they owe Deen her chance to come back.

    As for the 'word'... who among us has not uttered a word or phrase they later regretted? Who has not said something they should not have said? Deen used the word, and admitted it under oath, after she had been robbed at gunpoint.

    All the good she has done, all the good causes she has supported and to which she has given much, should not be negated by one angry and frightened reaction to a threat to her life.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:59 AM, housewifefromWI wrote:

    Absolutely NOT. I love Paula Deen, and have since boycotted ALL things Food Network. The ONLY way I can make my voice heard, was/is not turning on a single show on that horrid fake network (Food Network). Fake because they only care about their own numbers - they threw Paula under the bus w/out any life preserver. So why should she go back there? Once they dumped her, they lost ALL rights to her successful endeavors. She WILL succeed - and she will be rewarded even MORE than before. She may have been kicked down to her knees, but that tough broad WILL get back up.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 9:59 AM, CarrieRanney wrote:

    bring paula back she's a good southern gal who deserves to be given another chance she doesn't pretend to be something she's not

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:00 AM, ReneeS71 wrote:

    It's not about whether or not they should bring her back, it's about whether or not she should go back. I say no way. Why would she return to Food Network? They had no loyalty to her. She brought SO many viewers to Food Network, and instead of supporting her, they threw her away. They could have publicly disagreed with her statements but they didn't have to desert her.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:03 AM, dkhristine wrote:

    Yes, please!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:03 AM, innerjuju wrote:

    I quit watching Food Network when they unceremoniously dumped Deen. Such a poor judgment on the part of Food Network.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:04 AM, foodnetfan wrote:

    NO, no,no - Please don't bring Paula Dean back. I cheered when I heard she was kicked off. Her cooking is a HAZARD TO HUMAN HEALTH and her bigotry inexcusable!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:04 AM, housewifefromWI wrote:

    ...and I am sick and tired of "vanilla" politically correctness that has invaded every aspect of corporate america. I know, I'm living it. I relish people that are "real" and that includes off-color, naughty humor. Take the stick out of your arses, and let everyone enjoy life. If it offends, so be it - as long as it was said w/out mal-intent.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:05 AM, tvc155 wrote:

    She should get her own network!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:06 AM, Semaj15 wrote:

    A large problem with this saga is people who use today's morals and standards to judge yesterday's behaviors. What was acceptable behavior "yesterday" isn't always acceptable today. Cohabitation was "unacceptable" in the '50's but is widely practiced today. Paula's comments, although detestable by today's standards was accepted and practiced by many in the deep south back then.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:06 AM, lindajean64 wrote:

    She is their loss, I won't watch their show and she isn't a racist! I believe she has more popularity and support than ever before!!!!! Too sad for all those that threw her under the bus!!!!!!!!!! I don't even shop at Kmart, Walmart, Sears, Target, and all the others. I find I enjoy shopping at stores I've never shopped at and staying away from these kinds of chains. They all owe Paula and apology!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:07 AM, dancingfawn1 wrote:

    I stopped watching Food Network when they fired Paula. Should she go back... I would hope she wouldn't give them the chance just as they gave her no chance. IF she goes back I will watch ONLY her program then go to something else. I learned SO much about cooking from Paula just as I have my other favorite person to watch. Martha Stewart. This woman is fantastic. Paula.. I will stand behind you in whatever choice YOU decide to make. Cook on girl, cook on.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:07 AM, shadesofelvis wrote:

    She should not have been fired in the first place. There are many other networks that want her. If Paula would like to go back on Food Network, by all means, yes. I think the Food Network owes her an apology though.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:08 AM, divia1218 wrote:

    I don't think she should go back. They dumped her when she was at a low point, cost her a ton of money, now she's on her way back, why should she want to make more money for them? They did her wrong. She should get her own network, like Oprah. She can forgive them but never forget how they treated her.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:08 AM, Murphyboysmom wrote:

    I don't think Paula should waste her time on a Network that wouldn't stand behind her during her difficult time. Fans that enjoy her show, who know her, knew that this was all BS from the beginning. Paula treats everyone with respect and they know she's southern. She never has a bad word to say about anyone. I hope that she makes a decision to sign with another company and not with the Food Network....they only want to sign her up because they know that since the scandal has settled and she's been found not guilty that she would return and make money for them. Move on Paula and sign with a network that really cares!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:09 AM, MHeynz wrote:

    If I was Paula, I would take this opportunity to build my own empire separate from Food Network. Forget them. I can understand why they did that since image is everything and they do not want any controversy. The Lawyer who asked her that question should be dis-barred. How can anyone be expected to answer for saying a single word throughout their entire life? Who HASN'T EVER SAID THAT WORD? Why does Paula have to be held to that standard? The Lawyer knew exactly what they were doing.

    Food Network will not take Paula back unless she herself corrects the present image problem. That means no fake attempts to be black, no fake attempts to say "see I love blacks".

    Just be you Paula. Do something on the web, maybe via youtube or some other channel. Forget Food Network, you will succeed no matter what you do as long as your heart is true!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:09 AM, taxidrivingnana wrote:

    I am sorry, but I do not believe that a racial slur has not been spoken by an African-American in past years directed at a white person. That includes celebrities and other well known people. Let's move on. I think the network and others "greatly over reacted!". Was Paula Deen correct in what she said? Absolutely NOT, but we are all human and have done or said something that we later look back on and think I shouldn't have done that. As I tell my grandchildren - "Engage your brain before your mouth". You can't take it back. Would I like to see Paula Deen's food show again-yes, but I am not sure if I would like to see her on Food Network.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:09 AM, Janabellao wrote:

    The comments were made several years ago. Things have changed in the world since then as have most people. I grew up where I would not even consider inviting a black person, a jewish person, even a cathlic to my home. That's not who I am now. After actually getting to know a few people of color and people of different religions my entire attitude has changed. We can't help what we learned growing up. We can help how we act and what we say now. In saying that I think Paula Dean should have never been thrown to the wolves. Even though she deserves to make a come back, if I were her I wouldn't come back to somebody that did what they did to her. I call that "no loyalty" to her as an employee.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:10 AM, samz39 wrote:

    I'm torn about Paula returning to Food Network. They kicked her around without using their heads. First of all, she made a mistake many years ago. Secondly, the companies who pulled her products should be ashamed. They condemn her but leave CD's with racist comments on their shelves. Shame on them! Why would you leave alleged music CD's for sale that use much worse language than she did AND use it often.

    My wish for Paula is to go to another network OR start her own network, if that is feasible.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:12 AM, itloman wrote:

    I think she should do a Soul Food show.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:12 AM, suejb wrote:

    I agree with ronsunn. Her deposition showed who she really is and it is NOT just saying something 30 years ago. It is about what she and her brother are doing NOW. How they treat people who work for them. She has bee SUED BEFORE. All you people out there don't read the deposition and REALLY know what is going on. You just think Deen is so sweet. You need a life!! Her recipes are full of butter and she uses other peoples recipes. One of he cooks in her restaurant says that she uses her own recipes in Deen's restaurant. Let her retire with all the millions she bilks from those who buy her products and all the thousands and thousands that the drug company paid her to advertise their diabetic drug when she knew she was diabetic and STILL cooked with all that butter. NOW her son gets a cooking show lightening up her recipes. AND Robert Irvine is a CHEF. Deen is only a COOK. I am a cook, should I get a TV show? The Food Network has alot of CHEFS and COOKS who cook healthier than Deen and deserve to have a cooking show. SHE DOES NOT. Let her go cook on Oprah's channel. That is another person who loses and gains weight at a drop of a hat. Let Deen cook for Oprah.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:12 AM, nkerr1 wrote:

    just like a marriage you cant go back..i feel those very same sponsers are guilty of the same thing they are daming her for and that bothers me

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:13 AM, NOPaulaDeen wrote:

    Absolutely not!!! She is fake. She is a racist and she showed her true colors. Not only did the food network drop her, but other big companies as well. Target, Walmart, etc. stopped selling her books. AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:14 AM, NOPaulaDeen wrote:


  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:14 AM, tupi2 wrote:

    I never watched The Food Network out of political loyalty, and I don't enjoy their competition 'reality' programs. I used to watch shows where cooks showed new interesting dishes, and were entertaining. Paula Deen was entertaining. I didn't use most of her recipes, but I enjoyed her banter. When Food Network let her go, they lost my viewership, and I don't miss them much at all.

    Face it, the whole premise of Food Network has changed. It isn't about cooking anymore, it's about unrealisitc reality shows like baking thousands of cupcakes, making a meal using ridiculous ingredients,, and competing chefs who make food we'd never eat in the first place.

    Paula Deen is doing fine on her own. She doesn't need Food Network, anymore. They need her and more people like her (political accusations aside, she was entertaining!) Food Network lost THIS cook (me) and probably won't win me back regardless.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:14 AM, pittyangel wrote:

    Ithink she should start her own station

    i know iam not the only one who thinks it.

    i dumped food network when they

    dumped Miss Paula i will never watch it again

    nor will i ever buy anything endorsed by them

    ever again.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:16 AM, mcabeeshelley wrote:

    Everyone has said something they regret....and everyone needs to be forgiven....she made a mistake and she took the hand that was let this go and move on.....I love Paula Deen, and I love Food Network....Food Network were fools to let her go they should of backed her....

    She will rise go Paula!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:16 AM, michaelbinCA wrote:

    Not sure!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:17 AM, NOPaulaDeen wrote:
  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:17 AM, wholedeal wrote:

    No.....absolutely not. Paula has had her day in the sun. I guess when some people are thrust into the limelight and earning big $$ when they are not accustomed to a grand lifestyle, they often tend to get full of themselves and loose track of what is acceptable and what is not. She was old enough to know better. But, like they say, you can take the mule out of the country but you can't take the country out of the mule. She will still find a market that likes her brand of cooking (ugh) and her less than desirable display of upbringing or the lack of it. She will do o.k.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:19 AM, atldon01 wrote:

    NO! I am so very fond of Paula and her sons skills and would like to see them somewhere else other than Food Network. When they fired Paula, I wrote them and told them bring her back or goodbye forever. I have not watched a show since she left nor bought a thing from them. I even deleted them from my email accounts but they keep sending me emails but I just delete them. I have no use for Food Network since they were so quick to fire Paula. Also for the others who dropped Paula, I do not buy from them either and will not go back unless Paula chooses to. Paula did nothing more than everyone else has even if they will not admit it. I admit, I have said it, no big deal. They say it in front of me, so I just picked up on it also.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:20 AM, NOPaulaDeen wrote:

    Target, Wal-Mart cut ties with Paula Deen

    Target Corp. said Thursday that it is ending its relationship with celebrity cook Paula Deen. Diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk also joined the companies distancing themselves from her.

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Wednesday that it's also cutting ties with Deen. Wal-Mart said it will not place any new orders. Meanwhile, Paula Deen's name is being stripped from four buffet restaurants owned by Caesars. Smithfield Foods said it was dropping her as a spokeswoman AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST, Food Network said that it would not renew the celebrity cook's contract.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:20 AM, quahog33333 wrote:

    Who REALLY cares!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:21 AM, NOPaulaDeen wrote:


  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:22 AM, jimhlee123 wrote:

    Put her back on and MAYBE some of your fan base will return. I might start watching again, You show ne a woman raised inthe southern United States from 1949 to 1970 that says she has never used the "N' word and I'll show you a LIAR. I don't care what race, color or ethnic background she is from the word was a part of the dialect for ALL of the south. I like some of the other shows on FWN but will continue to boycott the network. My 48 year old Daughter is the FARTHEREST thing from a racist you can get But when an individual of african-american heritage pointed a gun in her face when she was a bank teller She used the word in discribing the perpetrator. Then to hear Negros refer to other Members of their race using this slang expression makes the arguement for unfair this whole situation is. The negros started this because their diction was so poor the referred to THEMSELVES as niggra.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:23 AM, NOPaulaDeen wrote:

    no national brand, in any industry, can afford to have an association with a person who expresses racial animus, or who taints a company with the stain of racial animus

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:25 AM, saltybonz wrote:

    @ Ronsunn, I totally agree with what you are saying. I would think that a network would have more reason then one thing. However the network jumped on the opportunity to use this as "the final straw" in hopes that it would not get backlash from fans. They had the plan to let her go but knew it would not go over with fans. I think that the abrupt move actually hurt them for not backing her until facts came out. I think I say this for a lot of people that they lost respect of viewers. They would have come out better letting the case be done and then saying we are not renewing her contract and she is moving on to other things. That would have been the proper way. Then she may not have lost the endorsements so quickly because they reacted on Food Network.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:26 AM, longovrdue wrote:

    Paula should tell the Food Network to kiss her grits. Although I find her grating to listen to (how many "y'alls" can you have in one sentence?), I think the Food Network's knee-jerk reaction to her saying she said something over 40 years ago is wrong.

    Paula should stay away from the Food Network and promote herself. With her fan base, she can do a lot without the help of the Food Network. She should look at Martha Stewart for an example of what she can do on her own.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:27 AM, suejb wrote:

    I just need to add more here. She had CONTRACTS with Food Network and all the sponsors that dropped her. She should have read the FINE PRINT as all you people that support her. Companies have the right to cancel contracts when someone makes BAD headlines. Deen should have controlled her brother and the way he treated his employees. Again, find out what the deposition said and you will understand why Lisa Jackson sued the Deen enterprise and wants employees treated as humans no matter their color. Deen and her brother where raised in the OLD south, They should have changed their bigoted teachings and become politically correct in this age. I cannot believe how all of you who support Deen don't understand this. She has made millions and millions being on the Food Network and all those companies who dropped her. How much money does someone need to live on comfortably for the rest of her life? Other people her age retire to enjoy the rest of their lives, why shouldn't she? Let her retire. She is doing cooking shows live, she is still making money!!!!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:28 AM, Mako52 wrote:

    We want Paula back! Sounds like the food channel is in the hot seat. We have dumped that channel and we have reduced our shopping at Target and Walmart. The Food Channel only has 2 good shows and we don’t care for the majority of their cooks.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:31 AM, MissUndrstood wrote:

    The show was fun but she never seemed real. I never tried any of her recipes. Just way too fattening and sweet even for a foodie and sweet tooth like me. She had a good run. I think they have 2 other Deen's cooking on the show and she appears on them once in awhile.She should go low profile, write books. People will forget and forgive.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:31 AM, ebbette wrote:

    Old enough to know better decades ago? SO sick of political correctness. Paula - Just say NO to The Food Network as many of us now have. I have seen so many shows with PEOPLE OF COLOR using that word all the time and not one word is said by viewers. I hear them say it to each other all the time and when we asked why it was okay for them, the reply was it's a term of endearment with them. Seriously? I see a huge double standard here. We see where the lawsuit which prompted Paula to be questioned went - SOUTH. People like Kanye West are the ones who should really go away. It's either a racist word or it's NOT but apparently, being PC means "you can have your cake and eat it too".

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:35 AM, Mako52 wrote:

    As for the anti-Paula people out there, the only evidence out there was Paula’s words. Words that YOU have ALL used in the PAST. We are all Hypocrites.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:40 AM, ronsunn wrote:

    To all those that proudly proclaim "I love Paula!" I would simply suggest that you don't really know Paula Deen. You love the character that she plays on tv. But that character (like all tv characters) was carefully created and orchestrated. Her corporate sponsors and the Food Network loved that character too. That's what they were marketing. Unfortunately the real Paula Deen might not be who you think she is.

    I loved Kramer on Seinfeld. But the guy who played him (Michael Richards) was a real jerk. Sometimes you have to separate the two.

    Here's another way to think about it. Back before emancipation I'm sure there were some really kind slave owners. But they were still slave owners.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:43 AM, jimhlee123 wrote:

    All the comments with such negativity about Paula' s demeaner are not fact based but disccustingly inaccurate . Just Because she uses a recipe that is the same as your grandmother used is certainly because of the influence of her childhood . But who makes some of these people experts because of some stupid title ei cook or chef is one of the most assinine phrases in the English language. Thus the STUPIDITY of the issuer of the class of person using such language. She is a product of the SOUTH and if anyone out there thinks OLEO can be substituted for BUTTER or olive oil for corn oil without sacrificing FLAVOR they don't know as much about southern cooking.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:43 AM, ELISHE4070 wrote:

    If every person who EVER uttered a derogatory word were berated as Paula Deen was we would all have no where to show our faces.

    When a Footbal Coach can face a Fine because the opposing team of young players scored too many Goals the world as we know it is doomed.

    The Food Network doesn't deserve Paula Deen or the support of the viewers who make it possible for the show to air and the network to sell MILLIONS of DOLLARS of ads.

    Paula, find a network that appreciates you.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:45 AM, loubon wrote:

    No I do not want to see her on food network...But I sure would like to see her on her own network and then she would not have to answer to the idiots who have never did anything against anyone ie matt the saint and if she does get back on tv I sure as hell would not give him an interview....Tell him to me where the sun don't shine.....PULLING FOR YOU PAULA...And to let you know , the wife and I enjoyed the meal at your restaurant in SAVANNAH GEORGIA.......

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:49 AM, wakan49 wrote:

    I don't watch the food network anymore since they so ignorantly fired Paula Deen. She needs to find another network and tell food network to shove it. It's their loss and someone elses gain.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:51 AM, klsmya546 wrote:

    i love the south and paula deen and her cooking is just like my moms and now mine she has made her way by working hard forget the food net work

    and she needs to get on a stage and have walmart

    and target and today show exe. in the crowed and foodnet and the chefs that would not stand by her

    and she should tell them you are wrong and all of you can kiss my ASS

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:51 AM, jimhlee123 wrote:

    This stupid character assault is discusting . We know the script., DAH WHAT DID YA THINK I SAID YA DUMMY.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:55 AM, jimhlee123 wrote:

    At least she didn't lie in the deposition. "OH I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD TO TELL THE TRUTH". I missed Government 101 inHigh school cause the negro behind me was snoring to loud.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:58 AM, cdkeli wrote:

    Surely a country where obesity is a serious problem for 2/3 of the population and whose children now face a shorter life-span than their parents, should have no qualms televising a clueless moron that thinks a healthy meal starts with crispy animal lard and ends with creme-filled donuts. Here's a direct quote from her: "I is what I is and I ain't gonna change!"

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:01 AM, jimhlee123 wrote:

    And I PROUDLY proclaim "I love Paula " because that is another term of enderment in the south.She is one GRACIOUS lady . If she ever comes back to Hou. TX she can stay her redneck self at my house. I will wecome her with openarms and GENERIOUS HOSPITALITY . " Me Casa ES SU CASA."

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:01 AM, drew1281 wrote:

    Why would she return? She doesn't need them.

    I haven't watched since they kicked her off.

    I have ordered one of her cook books and also subscribed to her magazine.

    Oh yeah also ordered a ham for Thanksgiving.

    Not one of those she used to pitch but one from

    Harper's Country. Found the add in her magazine.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:09 AM, Rosie4173 wrote:

    I want Paula back on tv but I think that food network needs to bend down and praise her she's a big part of that network as far as Walmart, target and ever who else took her out of there stores. They were quick to throw her out and last week when I went into Walmart they had her pans again I think it's bull crap. They accused her before she was had a chance to tell her side of the story. Rapist and murderers get there day before anyone says anything but not Paula. Anyway I want to see her back on tv soon even thou she was wrongfully accused

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:10 AM, EwingSF wrote:

    Her food may not be the healthiest, but she is a JOY to watch. Her show makes you feel like you've walked into the kitchen on a holiday when relatives have all come over to cook together. It's the happiness we all equate between family and food.

    Everybody is human, and Paula has never been shy about showing the public that she's not Miss Manners. I liked that about her. I've turned on Food Network during the day, and it is boring without her.

    Celebrities have their own private lives -- should their personal views/life mistakes be on a disclaimer before we view their work?

    Food Network should not get Paula's time of day. I'd love to know how lily-white all the execs there are, and for that matter, how lily-white the remaining chef/show hosts are on the network.

    My money is on Paula, and I'm betting she'll make a huge comeback without Food Network. Paula - even if I didn't love you, I'd be behind you because you definitely were a sacrificial lamb. Move on Paula -- there are bigger, better things waiting for you!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:17 AM, capt44 wrote:

    No I don't believe Paula should go back to the Food Network.

    They dumped her without even knowing the facts.

    The only reason they are showing signs of wanting her back is for the money she would generate for them.

    The Food Network, Walmart, Target and the other companies that dumped her before the court ruled are in my book SLIME BAGS and aren't worth the bother.

    Paula Deen can make it for she is a down to earth woman with down home recipes for the Real People in this country.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:21 AM, glm5 wrote:

    My opinion is inconsequential to the Food Network. They have exercised their due diligence which must have found her to be a liability, came to the decision the best way to protect their assets was to terminate their contract with Paula Deen, so obviously the Food Network would be negligent to reinstate that relationship knowing the liability.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:32 AM, PepperInOcala wrote:

    I am not sure I would even want to go back to the place that fired me, no matter what the offer - if there would ever be one. I quit watching the Food Network, except for "Pioneer Lady", since they did the foolish act. First they need to apologize to her for jumping the gun and not getting the whole story and truths before pulling her shows. But I still would have a difficult time re-entering their lineup. I believe that Paula has enough savvy and backing that she could produce her own show, bring in her own sponsors, and be successful.

    But then again, she may be better off just doing guest appearances and setting her own schedule since she has been at someone else's command for a long time. I withdrew my support from most of the stores/sponsors that were so quick to condemn her, but unfortunately, there were some that I had to do business with because of what they offered. I did keep my utilization to a very minimum. It made me feel better. Don't know how much of an impact, overall, it had, but I as I say, it made me feel better. I am happy to see Paula re-enter the public eye, and hope that her strength and character serve her well.

    Some of you made comments about how unhealthy she presents food, and seem to blame the obesity problem here in the US on her. Well, I say to that: there is myriad information on healthy living and food preparation, and for those that choose to ignore a healthy lifestyle, it is their onus. Also, in many areas, the only affordable food items are those that are questionably healthy, and for the lower income population it is the only choice they have and be able to afford to eat. I hope we can work on further educating and demonstrating a more healthy lifestyle and that we can also find a way to bring the healthy lifestyle cost in the range of affordability for all. Thanks for reading this. Maybe some of you have good ideas to put forth. Do it!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:37 AM, Rox2189 wrote:

    I loved her shows and so did all my friends! The Food Network and all the other sponsors treated her so poorly - we couldn't even believe it! Would love to have her back on the air! The Food Network should be offering an apology at the very least.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:41 AM, beachgirl1060 wrote:

    Yes they should bring Paula back...they should have stood behind her till a verdit was reached - Now Paula should tell them to "Kiss her Grits"

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:43 AM, suya61 wrote:

    Scandal or no scandal! She still cooks 'dog food'!!!!!! and that 'YOU"""""ALLLLLLL' thing is so FAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:45 AM, rubicone wrote:

    NO...she should not go back. Y would you want to go back to an employer that fired you. It shows theyre not very loyal.

    I kind of tired of Paul D. and her two sons.

    Let them go into the wind. Que sera sera...what ever will be, will be, the futures not ours to see Que sera sera..........

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:47 AM, jcteacup wrote:

    I think some good business points were made in this video. If Paula Deen were open to going back to Food Network or any of the sponsors that "jumped ship" when the controversy broke, that should be a mutual decision between them. We've seen this scenario a zillion times with sports figures, who have actually harmed someone or other less than savory behavior.

    I am not condoning Paula's remarks or behavior if they were racist, but let's face it, anyone from her generation, regardless of geographical area, might have used such terms or behavior before our consciousness was raised that this was despicable.

    Sadly many grew up with similar words and actions because that is the way it had been for 400 years. Not an excuse but that's how it was. But many north and south changed. I can believe Paula did too. Sponsors notoriously run from losing money and run just as fast back when money might be made. So the corporate decision should be left between Paula and who SHE wants to work with. I wouldn't blame any sponsor for taking her back. I don't think there would be a backlash from people who felt offended. Racism is not nice, and America has worked hard to eradicate it, but it lingers sometimes subconsciously and any thinking person, white, black or purple knows this. What matters is if someone has realized change is needed and makes it. Paula did that. She has gone back to work, against what must extremely difficult public moments. When we run out of second chances, we are all in trouble.


  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:50 AM, MarshallAlum wrote:

    When they add the Redneck Racist tv channel, I think she should be the first one hired. Until then, she is just a fool who got what she deserved for being racist and stupid enough to think that it is okay to be so.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:06 PM, carjormey wrote:

    Food Network does not deserve Paula Deen!!!! Paula should make her own cooking network and put Food Network to shame! All of the sponsors that dropped Paula, should pay her to come back!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:07 PM, trav30464 wrote:

    Sure she should go back if they ask her and make them raise her pay. I'd work Food network for all it's worth. They did her wrong and she should get revenge on their ridiculous decisions and shame they put her through. She is a wonderful Southern Lady. The old saying is true... Bad things happen to good people.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:07 PM, mpl317 wrote:

    I truly believe the punishment she received was way to hard too fast. There is not a person alive that may have said something in their lifetime they wished they could take back. Ms. Deen can start her own show not on the foodnetwork, and she will have a plethora of her fellow chefs backing her all the way. USA stand up and forgive!!! We all need to be a kinder gentler people to one another.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:14 PM, theresnoneleft wrote:

    If the Food Network came calling, she should tell them where they can shove it.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:14 PM, trav30464 wrote:

    suya61.. By making that statement you are calling everyone in the South dogs. People in the South have always eaten the types off food she cooks. And since she's been on tv people from all over the world cooks her dishes and loves it. You make such a harsh comment that is so uncalled for.. that would be like anyone else putting down other types of food from different nationalities. Point is.... if you don't like it don't eat it simple as that. Maybe what you eat is dog food.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:37 PM, OUtiggermom wrote:

    I quit watching the Food Network as soon as they started their knee jerk political correctness to an isolated event from over 2 decades ago! And it was said in a moment of panic and life or death! If Paula comes back to Food Network, they should pay thru the nose and if she doesn't, I would watch her anywhere she showed back up on TV! Still not watching Food Network unless they have her back and then I would watch her ony!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:41 PM, marchaz wrote:

    I believe the FoodNetwork jumped the gun when they fired her. Bring her back.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 12:54 PM, laceymanchester wrote:

    I love Paula! I stoped watching FoodNetwork when they took her off the air since she was the only show that I even watched on the network. I would definately watch the show if they bring her back or even if she started her own network on cooking!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 1:12 PM, cdgib wrote:

    To those of you here still calling Paula a racist, let me ask you this: Is Jamie Foxx a racist? How about Michelle Obama? The answer to both is a resounding YES they are both racists!!! Fine. If you want Paula off tv because she is racist, get rid of BLACK racists too!! Fair is fair. Further,, the remarks Paula made were over 20 years ago to describe a mugger. Well slap yo mama!! Show me ONE person her age from the south who never used the term nigger. I dare you to try. It's impossible. Further you fools need to look at your president's birth certificate & learn once & for all that his FATHER would have NEVER been classified as an AFRICAN under race. He would have been called a NEGRO in 1961. His NATIONALITY would have been the COUNTRY in Africa not the continent.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 1:16 PM, seapower wrote:

    only if Paula wants it and it should be on her own terms. However do not remove The Pioneer Woman to do so, I think she is great!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 1:20 PM, pauhart03 wrote:

    I have to say that I haven't missed her show at all. I had began to stop watching her because all that southern drawl and her voice was very irritating to me. I do enjoy her son's show and watch it every now and then.........but I do not think I would go out of my way to watch Paula Deen again....sorta like the "Oprah effect"...since she left her afternoon show I haven't missed her at all either.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 1:28 PM, carmeno wrote:

    NO. Should the company that makes the diabetes medication take her back? NO

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 1:34 PM, oldiebutgoodie2 wrote:

    I agree with samwajoe. We have such double standards in today's world and it just keeps getting worse. We have partial birth abortions and allow so-called artists perform and sell CDs that use worse language and promote violence.This is tolerated without any problem. But we are offended by someone who has had a tough life and worked her way from bottom up to make a success of herself and her family because she doesn't act the way some of us think she should.Easy answer if thats the way you feel stop watching. If enough people stop watching then the network will get the picture. But what promotes this frenzy are many of the sponsors who are afraid of losing money and unfortunately today that is all that counts. Money and being politically correct drives everything.

    Perhaps she should have stayed home, went on welfare and collect food stamps. I'm sure that would have been far more acceptable than what she has been labeled with today.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 1:34 PM, plouto wrote:

    I won't be surprised if the FoodNetwork hires this phony back. How many badly acted "hidden" camera shows can this network do? I think they need the southern belle with the phony southern twang ya all.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 2:14 PM, floridasqueeze wrote:

    Bring PAULA DEEN Back!!

    I have stopped watching the Food Network Channel because they actually tried, convicted and sentenced her without going thru the legal process! Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? This was a modern day Lynching!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 2:31 PM, liv2laf2 wrote:

    Please Food Network don't bring her back. We need time. There are a lot of fans willing to "forgive" but there are more of us that say it'll takes time. There are plenty more waiting in the wings to take her place. Let's give them the same opportunity Paula had. It wasn't just the court issue where she lost fans but more so the deception over her diabetes. She is in the public eye and has wonderful fans but I feel she let them down. She offered us pills she was promoting ($$$) but, it was her son that actually offered us healthier cooking. What happened to owning up to your mistakes and not just making excuses. I never heard an apology until it started hurting the pocket book. Yep. Let's give someone else a chance.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 2:39 PM, stroutiegirl wrote:

    No Way!!! She is a dirty minded person...I don't like her nasty jokes she is a "dirty minded lady"....I don't think she is suitable for the Food Network.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 2:44 PM, Minnez6 wrote:

    Yes, they should ask her. She should REFUSE!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:11 PM, bhoback wrote:

    No she shouldn't. You know look at what Martha Stewart did. She went to prison and everyone forgave her for what she did by stealing. NFL players look what all they do, go to prison come out and give them a few million dollar contract. I like Paula, she needs to go to her own thing and tell food network to go on down the road. They are finding out they did wrong and now want Paula to come back to make it look good on the network. Paula do not do it. Stand on your own two feet. You can do this on your own.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:18 PM, nottoofoolish wrote:

    No to Paula Deen. I think she is the biggest phony ever. Do you know any other woman from the South that has such a put-on voice? Also, the news commentators are not telling the whole or correct story. They are acting and saying that the accusations had been dismissed. But this was only because she was not black and could not make that charge. Does not mean it did not happen. The part on the racial comments was dismissed, but PAULA SETTLED OUT OF COURT ON THE REST OF IT SO THE PUBLIC WILL NOT KNOW THE WHOLE STORY. WE NOW KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE SEXUAL HARASSMENT from her brother.

    Also, what a coincidence that when she announced her medical problem, she also announced that her sons had new shows coming on. ALL PUBLICITY. Waited until she got her sons established to make her announcement and also already had a pharmacy for which she was touting a medication. PHONY!!! PHONY!!! PHONY!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:20 PM, curtiswill0114 wrote:

    What I find fascinating is how people are bashing Food Network, as if they slighted her and and as if SHE wasnt wrong. Could YOU use that word and keep your job? They did what they were supposed todo, even thought they dont care about Blacks. No big company on the planet would keep her as that would be a P.R. nightmare

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:22 PM, curtiswill0114 wrote:

    People are mad at Food Network, but had she used a gay slur, you guys wouldnt be excusing her so freely. Only in America lol

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:23 PM, suejb wrote:

    I agree with both pauhart03 and suya61. I stopped watching Deen years ago because of all the y'alls and calling her sons SON all the time. Did they not have names that SHE gave them. She took THOUSANDS of bucks from the drug company for how many years before admitting she was diabetic that was caused from her own eating habits. How much butter (fat), sodium she put in recipes and serving size spoonfuls of sweets she ate on the show could she eat and NOT become diabetic. Type 2 diabetese is usually in older people. With all the obese people in this country and she could not change the way she cooked is setting a poor example for everyone who watched her show. I stopped watching the Neeley's too because of all the y'alls. Don't they already have a Redneck network or two out there with Duck Dynasty and some other shows that have Redneck in the title. She goes on the Today show sobbing and expects everyone to believe what she said. I say again, it is not about what she said 30 years ago, it is about what her brother did to employees. How come her brother never came out and said he was sorry for shoving employees against the wall, sexually jokes and and porn on a work computer and being drunk??? He ran and hid and you don't hear about him. Deen was told by her first lawyers to fire her brother and she refused. All you Deen supporters need to have read the deposition and find out what really happened and not just her admitting to using a racial slur. THAT IS ALL SHE ADMITTED TO ON TV!!!!! The Pioneer Woman is what you could call a country cook and she doesn't use sticks of butter in recipes. She has great recipes.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:28 PM, Mezeepeze wrote:

    Oprah, this is your chance to shine, have an on camera chat with Paula Deen. Clear the air and show how it's done with style and class.

    Then give her her own show...with a total make-over.

    The two of you could do a lot. In education and entertainment. Then you could watch that other channel moan that they didn't show the class you did.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:33 PM, raverninja21 wrote:

    NO they dumped her with out waiting for all the information needed to truly make a fair decision ! They don't deserve to have her back even if she wanted to which I doubt they did not have faith in her and what she actually said so I don't think they have the right to ask her back . And If I were her and The Foodnetwork offered me my job back I would simply say No Thank You , but have a nice day Y'all !

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:35 PM, suejb wrote:

    I agree with curtiswill0114. The Food Network is still around and so is the Cooking Channel. I guess all the MILLIONS of Deen fans didn't hurt the ratings after dropping her. Someone else wrote that the Food Network may have used this lawsuit to cancel her show when that is what they may have been planning along. Don't follow the fine print on your contract and you get fired. Don't companies fire people for failing drug tests because they know that is company policy? I never bought any of Deen products, Smithfield hams and LOVE shopping at Target and Wal-Mart which are both STILL IN BUSINESS!!! So I guess they aren't bankrupt firing Deen, are they? And I don't watch either of her son's shows because they would not have gotten shows if not for her lying about being diabetic and coming up with Not My Momma's meals, would they?? She says no one needs to eat lots of her food, then why still cook like that? Admitting she is diabetic, SHE should have changed the way she cooked.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 3:56 PM, mpignone1713 wrote:

    The problem is the Food Network found her guilty before all the fact were brought to the forefront. Which makes Food Network guilty of being moronic. If I where Paula I couldn't go back to work for an organization like the Food Network.

    Paula if you are reading any of these comments I would suggest going on your own. I will be watching you.

    Food Network....I watch Create they seem to be more professional than the Food Network.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 4:42 PM, angelsgiggle wrote:

    I wanted to buy Paula's book and the pre-orders were taken off the internet.

    Once she was accused of racism people and companies raced to persecute her.

    Welcome to a Christian Nation. Don't we shine? It's no wonder we are hated around the world....we speak constantly with forked tongue. We are not Christians....we don't EVEN get close to Christian. We are liars, cheats, thieves, child molesters etc....pick up any newspaper and you'll see why other countries hate and fear us.

    Do I think she said some bad things....yep. I have said bad things too.

    But I immediately forgave her....I am called to do that and to love Paula regardless of what she's said.

    Now, I still want that cookbook.....nothing changed for me.

    Go back to work Paula...forgive and go on with your life.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 5:22 PM, revwje wrote:

    Screw Food Network! They treated Miss Paula terribly and as far as I am concern they were very

    unchristian over the whole thing! She was honest, told the truth and got thrown under the bus by the Food Network after all the GOOD she did for them and that goes for the rest of the companies that treated her so cruelly. THEY need her, she does NOT need THEM.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 5:33 PM, Deeadra wrote:

    Absolutely NOT!!! She is a big phony and misrepresents the Southern people. We are not a bunch of grease and fat sucking illiterates that never learned to speak english properly. She needs to continue her road trip with her mama's boys trying to make money to add to the millions they already have. Seems to be working. I have been to 'Bubba's' and have witnessed him in action. Of course that was before all of the publicity occured and he was ordered to clean it up. They are putting on a good show in both places. The Food Network does not need her,besides her 'boys' are still there pulling down the big bucks for the family. That's enough drawl for me. I even use the G on the end of my words that have it!,and I'm very Southern.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 5:34 PM, comosichiam wrote:



  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 6:13 PM, revwje wrote:

    I beg to differ with the comments by Deeadra:

    My whole family was born, raised and lives in the DEEP South going back to the 1800's. We DO cook like far as I can remember we have been cooking with Bacon Fat (lard) in our vegetables, chicken, fried steaks, or our biscuits. Tons of butter in our Mac and Cheese...Fat in our greens, and soup beans, catfish, etc. It goes on and on. We do speak English properly only using a very long draw. This is the dialect of the region we were born and raised in. Miss Paula Southern Draw is very typical of the region of Georgia where is was born and raised. The term "Son" is also very typical as is "yes sir" and yes mamn". The title "Miss" plus the first name is used for all adult women, as is Mister for all adult men whom one knows in their communities. Pleas do not condemn Miss Paula for her speech! If someone from the South chooses to NOT cook traditional southern style then do not do so, but do not presume to say that her style of cooking is phony and not typical of the south, because it IS! No, Miss Paula needs to stand up proud and carry on. Not go crawling back to those that threw her under the bus. As we say here: "American by birth and Southern by the grace of God"!!!!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 6:30 PM, Ttrkkss9 wrote:

    She would be a nice addition to PBS.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 7:05 PM, elizabethfitch wrote:

    She can if she wants to its up to her but, they need to apologize and MEAN it they let her go.

    Let him without sin cast the first stone. Love Ya Paula and BUTTER!

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 7:18 PM, rosemp50 wrote:

    Yes Paula should be on the Food Network. that where she belongs, the network jumped the gun without weighing the facts all on them,. please bring her back, I miss her

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 7:49 PM, hly83 wrote:


  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 7:54 PM, SouthernLady66 wrote:

    The Media, the Sports Fans of America, and the general public of the US can let a convicted felon come back to be quarterback of a football team. This so called man was fighting innocent animals, causing them to kill each other for his entertainment and so that he might feed them. Yet no one wants to allow Ms Dean any leeway on something she wanted to do that could have been straight out of Hollywood. And besides some of us LOVE her food and have learned to make them healthy on our own.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 8:05 PM, LadyWolf2 wrote:

    I think Food Network should at least offer Paula her show back. Should she take it no!! And Food Network should have to take out full page ads in every cooking magazine, especially Paula's, saying that they were wrong in what they did. All those companies that refused to stand by her should have to do the same thing too.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 8:22 PM, Serat wrote:

    I feel that The Food Network condemned Paula Deen ,before the ruling in the courts. Yes she said the N word 40 years ago. And I have heard it from Blacks this week. And where is the justice in that.

    Paula Deen carries more support than The Food Network thought she would. The Food Network has lost a lot of viewers. I do not watch or buy anything Food Network. And I will not.

    I just wonder if the Higher ups in the Food Network could stand up to as much as Paula has.

    I want to see her ion another network and let the Food Network see her soar. I stand behind her all the way to the bank.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:15 PM, Jeanva wrote:

    The food network has seen it's shares rise by 15 percent since they fired Deen. Would it not be silly for them to rehire her?

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 10:21 PM, Tutt1410 wrote:

    As a black person I was sickened though not surprised by whites' reaction to the revelation that Paula Deen used racial slurs - not once but on a regular basis - by posting racist hatred and insults against black people. What was more sickening than the fact that Paula was outed was that sooo many whites deliberately missed the point of what occurred in favor of an opportunity to express hatred - rather than an opportunity to grasp the lack of personal growth evident in the U.S. Like stubborn vicious children many in this country prefer to remain steeped in the darkness of ignorance - and that is sobering both in the contradiction that the U.S. is poised to take advantage of a global economy and as an indication of the intelligence level the country presents to the rest of the world. So be it.

    Two years ago the city I live in lost a long-time global giant in the oil industry that was also very involved in supporting the community because the newly-appointed CFO was Venezuelan and his family members had been subjected to racist disrespect and treatment in their own neighborhood - one of the wealthiest areas of the city. The company made an immediate decision to wind down operations and leave the city in spite of pleas to remain from the mayor and city leaders - and over 700 very high-paying jobs were lost as a result. So far the city has not held an open forum to discuss diversity although it is one of the most racially divided cities in the country. Although any company can hold itself out as diverse that vision is only as valid as the people making up its workforce - and if those employees are unable to refrain from offensive racial bias the company is doomed to pay the price. That being said Paul Deen rapidly experienced the consequences of a public label of racist because she was granted the endorsement of - and profitted by - an association with global brands that fully understand their bottom line will be compromised if there is any association with racism - however many Americans chose to dismiss that fact and instead defended Paula as being unfairly labelled for reasons that mean nothing on the global stage.

    As children many of us are taught the biblical lessons of honesty, judgment and forgiveness - and for those reasons I have personally forgiven Paula's indiscretions because not a one of us is perfect and we are all guilty of actions we later regret - and if we do not forgive one another we will not be forgiven. I wish Paula Deen the best.

  • Report this Comment On September 26, 2013, at 11:10 PM, Tutt1410 wrote:

    @samwajoe: I wonder what the Christ will call you - or if you and those like you whose souls have never known the Holy Sprit will even be resurrected to stand in judgment. Clearly 99% of the racist filth flooding this country comes from whites - as is 100% of the persecution, oppression and unnatural hatred -yet in spite of the continual and unending onslaught of evil there is almost no reaction or response from those so persecuted - you and people like you should not dismiss but wonder at that.

    Yours is an hereditary foaming of the mouth as a birthright - but in actually is a darkness so profound even sunlight refuses to penetrate or reflect - you should wonder at that as well.

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 9:45 AM, Tahoetn wrote:

    Yes, bring her back. She never used the N word in the work place. She used it one time when she was scared and angry, 30 yrs ago when she was robbed. Blacks use it in everyday conversations. Rappers use it. They get a pass but Paula gets persecuted. Now something is wrong with this picture.

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 12:21 PM, almosthank wrote:

    Who needs the food network.There programing is getting boring.They treated Paula Dean badly.She was an exceptional entertainer and chef.Martha Stewart is a convicted felon and she has a wonderful show on PBS.Nobody says anything about her. You go girls!!!!!!!!! Mabey Paula should go to PBS and give food network the finger..........

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 12:43 PM, zaneegal wrote:

    I think foodnet work fired PD because she was one of the highest paid and there were other stars coming along that worked cheaper. She had been around for some time and they saw the opportunity to bring in fresh faces. It is always about the Money.Move on PD and don't look back. Good Luck.

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 12:55 PM, Serat wrote:

    Would the person that has NEVER said a bad word or had a negative thought to come forward and be on trial. I would like to be a fly on that wall. As I can only think of one person that can pass that test.

    I was raised in the South and the way Ms. Deen cooks is the way we eat. And we do not have the things that Rachel Rays cooks available to us.

    So if you do not like Ms. Deens cooking. simple do not watch. I for one would love to have her back on TV, just not on the Food Network.

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 1:22 PM, moniquelemaire37 wrote:

    Food Network do not deserve Paula Deen,

    she has been humiliated by them.

    Paula is starting all over, and she will be better

    than before.

    Myself and my friends, are no longer watching

    Food Network.

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 2:41 PM, Runt7241 wrote:

    Paula needs to have her own network channel like Oprah does.

    I would pay to watch Paula cook and give recipes for it.

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 7:13 PM, wawa5 wrote:

    I also think she should start her own network and tell the Food Network to go pound sand.

  • Report this Comment On September 27, 2013, at 7:41 PM, Malsywr wrote:

    Paula Deen did not make a "boneheaded mistake". She told the truth during a deposition. She should make her own life decisions and I will stand by her choices. I am a big fan of this great lady!

  • Report this Comment On October 03, 2013, at 9:29 AM, missyutwo wrote:

    the cooking channel hasn't been the same without you Paula hope you come back strong maybe with your own network tired of seeing repeats I also like Pionieer Women too many repeats though its always nice to see the families grow up on the shows hi jack loved the Neelys to where did they go go girl see u soon take care

  • Report this Comment On November 23, 2013, at 9:32 PM, LYNDA wrote:

    The Food Network made a big mistake getting rid of Paula Deen. She made the network what it was, but it is on a downward spiral now. The shows are really a bore.

    You without sin, cast the first stone...............said Jesus. I think it is outrageous what happened to Paula. She was the best Southern cook on television. We all miss her so much. She was a delight to watch!

  • Report this Comment On September 24, 2014, at 6:46 PM, thacker wrote:

    NO!!!Food Network should NOT take Paula Dean back. I think she should just disappear. Her name calling was disrespectful and hurtful on so many people on so many levels. I have said all along she was a big phony. If she goes back on Food Network, I will never watch it again.

  • Report this Comment On September 24, 2014, at 8:32 PM, eriley39 wrote:

    Paula Deen isn't a bad person. Do you all watch other programs and see some of their dishes, how much butter, etc. A lot of them do it. Paula Deen just made a point of talking about it. All her recipes aren't like that. I watch all the chef's and some of their foods have lots of oil, butter and bacon, but if you don't want to use that much don't do it. Paula has recipes that are lower in calories too. Food Network lost all, no Paula Deen. She put on a good show.

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