Paula Deen talks forgiveness, new ventures on ‘Today’

Paula Deen

It’s been a year and some change since celebrity chef Paula Deen delivered a weepy pseudo-apology to Matt Lauer on “Today,” following fallout after she revealed during a deposition that she had used the “n-word.”

She brought along sons Bobby and Jamie and kept the tears in check during a contrite visit with Lauer to discuss what she learned from the controversy and what she has planned for the future.

“To say the (controversy) rocked your world is an understatement,” Lauer said, a nod to Deen being dropped by the Food Network and several sponsors.

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Deen said it “took (her) awhile” to recover from the shell shock. “I had to go home and sit on my sofa. I had to get off the merry-go-round and see things from all angles.”

She said she was disappointed that the dismissal of a discrimination lawsuit filed against her didn’t receive as much attention as when the suit was filed to begin with, and said she’s “trying to be more guarded” in the wake of the events of the past year, but that she doesn’t “ever want to get to the point where (she’s) cynical.”

The only actual news that came out of the interview is that Deen is filming a documentary about her life, and that she and her sons have struck a deal with the Food Network to buy all the material she filmed during her time there, in part to use for her own new online network.

She said she learned “so much” from “sitting quietly with (her) own thoughts.”

“I don’t care how old they are – words are so powerful,” she said. “They can hurt, they can make people happy. Well, my words hurt people. I’m so sorry for the hurt that I caused people. It went deep. I’m here to make people happy, not to bring sadness.”

The Savannah resident, who brought her live cooking show to Woodruff Arts Center in Atlanta in August, was set to be interviewed by the AJC to preview the show, but she backed out when the paper wouldn’t agree to submitting questions in advance and doing the interview via e-mail.

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18 comments
LMO
LMO

REAL Murcan.. with REAL Murcan faith and Values.... lol! I didnt mean to say what I felt... I had a sickness... LOL!! 

partlycloudy
partlycloudy

She is such a fake.  It was, as usual, all about Paula.  Instead of feeling bad that she's a bigot who is hawking food that kills people, butter, grease, fat, etc., she goes on and on about Paula.  She is not from Savannah.  She is from rural redneck SW GA and she moved here and has given our city a bad name.  I hope her "new" venture fails.  And that dumb restaurant that I've never eaten in, may it fail also.  I wish she'd move to TN where she has that venture.  Delta is read when Paula is.  What an idiot!

aon
aon

So typical.  I now see the error of my ways because my pocketbook is starting to dry up.  In my opinion, The Pioneer Woman and Nancy Fuller's show 'Farmhouse Rules" are waaaaay better than anything Paula Deen has ever done.

jasminwang
jasminwang

@aon Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. aon, are you without sin?

MyThreeCents
MyThreeCents

Yep, just replay it over and over. Haven't you changed for the better in some respects? Time to move on and focus on someone else.

SaraJames
SaraJames

I, as well as many others, am glad to see her gone!  No need to revisit all the reasons why as I've stated them in previous posts and it would take up too much room to re-post them again.  Now, let all those who say they support her put their money where their mouths are by literally having to pay to watch her. Her show will be "circling the drain" in short order.

SaraJames
SaraJames

@jasminwang You clearly haven't done your homework.  Your responses are nothing more than irrational emotional knee jerk reactions.

youwantmetopay
youwantmetopay

She's still a loud, obnoxious Southern stereotype.

Colwest
Colwest

racist exposed, only fellow racists will eve support this despicable person again

DebbieDoRight
DebbieDoRight

It's done and now it's time to move on.  She's doing the best thing for her and her family by forging ahead.  Good luck and god bless Paula.