Paula Deen ‘Will Come Back Bigger And Stronger’

Paula Deen's ex-husband reacts to the Celeb Chef's latest legal win.

Paula Deen Race Discrimination Claim Dismissed
Paula Deen hasn’t been able to escape negative press since the scandal surrounding her use of a racial slur broke two months ago.

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."


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  • sumdummo

    At one time some people created a US constitution that at least supposedly gave people the right to free speech. It directed Congress to make laws to enforce the constitution. Those laws do or should include protection against companies who discriminate against people who exercise their right to free speech. I like Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and Immortal Technique's The Point of No Return among others, and Paula Deen, all of whom use the N word. So who is in the wrong?

  • Jean Turner Wolchina
    Jean Turner Wolchina

    The reason it became negative from the start was publisizing it in the MEDIA! If the Media hadn't of blown it out of perportion, A lot of this would not have happened. She would have had her day in court, exonerated, and that would have been that! Thank you AGAIN, media for stirring the pot!

  • mottm

    "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." ~ It's only positive as long the race baiting, hate stirring press allows it to stay positive. Give them time, I'm sure there's lots more hate to spread.

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  • Martha Conner
    Martha Conner

    Good for you Paula. I didnt think the law suit would go anywhere as it was something you said years ago and quite common in the South at that time. Just open up your own dabnat store and to hello with stores like Target and Pennys and wherever else your products were displayed. They abandoned you before they KNEW all the FACTS!!! Shallow, small minded people indeed!


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