“These are tears of joy y’all,” the 66-year-old told fans at a cooking demo in Houston on Saturday. [via PEOPLE]
Deen reportedly received a standing ovation from the crowd during a Metro Cooking & Entertaining show put on with her sons Bobby and Jamie.
“This is my first time out in three months . . . the one place I wanted to make my first step out was in Texas. You are forgiving folks with hearts as big as your state,” she added.
Deen’s former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson filed a $1.2 million civil lawsuit against the celebrity chef, accusing the celebrity chef of racism and sexual harassment. Last month, the case was dismissed after a settlement was reached.