Paula Deen scandal
Paula Deen made it official when she peered into the TV camera and said playfully, "Hi. I'm back." The woman dubbed the "Queen of Southern Cooking" is taking steps back into the spotlight after a public uproar over her admitted use of the N-word. Here's a look at how the scandal unfolded last year:
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Paula Deen, her future
Al Roker, in an earlier appearance with Paula Deen, considered the Southern chef a friend of the "Today" show.