Paula Deen’s Multi-Million Dollar Comeback... Find Out What She’s Doing Next
Not Paula Deen, ya’ll.
The comfort food queen lost millions of dollars in endorsements when she admitted to using the N-word as part of a discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuit filed against her last year.
But since the legal battle was dropped in August, the former Food Network chef won’t be hurting for a paycheck anytime soon, considering she just signed a $75 million deal with investor Najafi Media.
After her name made sensational headlines when the scandal nearly toppled her cooking career less than a year ago, Deen’s good name will once again be emblazoned on bookshelves, at your nearest grocery stores and even on cruise ships in the near future.
Najafi Media founder and CEO Jahm Najafi, who’s backing Paula Deen Ventures, told CNN he has "a deep respect for the hard work, unique content, and quality products which Paula has built around her brand."
Deen has kept a low profile in recent months, but was spotted at Wegmans Pittsford in upstate New York a week ago looking happy and healthy.
"While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen told Us Weekly in a statement when the courtroom battle came to an end.
"During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks of all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming. I am confident that those who truly know how I live my life know that I believe in kindness and fairness for everyone. Moving forward, my team and I working to review the workplace environment issues that were raised in this matter and to retool all of my business operations."
The silver-haired cook's former husband Jimmy Deen previously told CB! his ex, who's the mother of their two sons Jamie and Bobby, would be back on top no matter what: "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 said. "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.'"