Food Network Star Looks Unrecognizable 11 Years After Scandal

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Food Network star Paula Deen is back at it. Over a decade after she was fired from the network, Paula has resurfaced on the internet to share a summer recipe, and she looks completely different. Continue reading to learn what Paula Deen has been up to and catch a glimpse of her new stunning look.

Paula Deen Reemerges On YouTube

As many people know, Paula Deen’s claim to fame what the Food Network show Paula’s Home Cooking. She gained a lot of traction in the early 2000s along with other celebrity chefs at the time. Paula was known for Southern cuisine and her infamous use of butter in most of her dishes. In addition to her Food Network show, Paula also authored cookbooks and is a restaurant owner.

She was fired from the Food Network in 2013 after she was sued for racial discrimination. Fans have not heard much from the Georgia native since then.

Now, Paula Deen has started to share some of her favorite recipes and hacks for the kitchen on social media. She has her own YouTube channel and a cooking segment called “Love & Best Dishes.”

In her latest video, she shared a recipe for Black Cherry Limeade. The clip shows Paula standing behind the island in her kitchen. She’s wearing a denim button-up shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Paula also wore black-framed glasses that seemed to take up most of her face. Her hair was pulled back into a messy updo.

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YouTube/Paula Deen

If you watched Paula Deen’s show on the Food Network years ago, you may not recognize her at first glance. When she appeared on television, she had a much fuller face and she was known for her big hair. Now, she’s looking a lot slimmer, and her hair isn’t as noted as it used to be.

Paula has more than 550,000 subscribers on YouTube and just shy of 520,000 followers on Instagram. The chef’s reemergence on the internet comes after she was fired from the Food Network more than 10 years ago.

Why Did Paula Deen Leave The Food Network?

In 2013, Paula was sued by Lisa Jackson for racial discrimination. Lisa was the former general manager of Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House, which is owned by Paula Deen. As a result of the lawsuit, and what came out in the deposition, the Food Network made the decision to let Paula go after 14 years of working with her.

During the deposition, Paula Deen admitted that she used the n-word in the past. She was upfront about her use of hurtful language. When asked if she ever said the word, she said, “Yes, of course. That’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the south.”

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YouTube/Paula Deen

She added, “And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.”

Eventually, she returned to television on a new show called Positively Paula on RFD-TV. The series only lasted two seasons before it was canceled. Now, it seems the celebrity chef is finding her footing again sharing recipes online.

Amanda Blankenship

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