Paula Deen ‘Will Come Back Bigger And Stronger’
Only now it seems to have taken a more positive turn for the fallen chef since a federal judge threw out the race discrimination claims at the crux of the lawsuit filed against her by a former employee and ultimately led to the swift downfall of her culinary empire.
And no one is more pleased with the decision than her ex husband, who tells Celebuzzshe has every reason to feel vindicated.
“I am so glad to hear that,” said Jimmy Deen, who has two sons, Jamie and Bobby, with Paula. “Paula will come back bigger and stronger. She’s a fighter.”
“To those people that jumped on that bandwagon and only heard one side and not Paula’s side are wrong,” he added. “I hope Paula is big enough that she sits back and tells everyone ‘I’m going to sit back before I tell you I’m going to come back.'”
Jimmy has been a staunch supporter of his former wife and has adamantly denied she’s a racist.
“If anybody has been raised in the South, the word is not uncommon. But you would never have seen her use it. It’s not something we use in every day language. We don’t use that,” he said.
All this comes in the aftermath of recorded deposition in which the 66-year-old former Food Network star admitted to telling racist jokes and using the N-word. Paula’s former restaurant manager, Lisa Jackson, filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against the butter-loving cook and her brother Bubba Hiers alleging the silver-haired chef used the N-word at work and that Hiers sexually harassed her.
U.S. District Court Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruled Monday that Jackson, who happens to be white, has no legal ground to sue for race discrimination.
However, Jackson’s sexual harassment allegations remain intact.
Speaking directly to Target and Walmart, which were among the stores to severe ties with the chef as a result of the controversy, Jimmy warns Paula will be back on top and to take a look at their current merchandise before pointing the finger.
“They’ve got CDs and tapes in their stores with worse language in them,” he added. “They should take those off the shelves.”
In the meantime, Jimmy is spearheading the opening of a Paula Deen museum by the end of the year in Albany, Georgia where the celeb chef grew up.
“We’re working on it right now as we speak. Paula is really excited about it all,” he revealed.
Jimmy says someone has already come forward to buy the property and the plan is to relocate her childhood home that will be filled with everything Paula, from old furniture donated by the family to a gift store.
In a statement released by Paula’s rep after the judge’s ruling, it states: “We are pleased with the court’s ruling today that Lisa Jackson’s claims of race discrimination have been dismissed. As Ms. Deen has stated before, she is confident that those who truly know how she lives her life know that she believes in equal opportunity, kindness and fairness for everyone.”