Get your butter ready, people. Paula Deen is coming back, and she’s bringing her own network with her.
Enough time has passed since the world happily said goodbye to the n-word spewing TV cook, and now Deen is ready to return with her own online network. This means more Paula, more Southern accents, and definitely more butter.
In a statement that is a bit nauseating to read, Deen said:
Guess who's going digital, y'all! I’m so excited about my new online Network and can't wait to show everyone what we've been working on.
We're going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes. Y'all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want—this is for you. I can't wait to crank up the oven and get cooking for the people I love: my family, my friends and my fans!”
Deen, as you will likely recall, has been in the news a lot. A year ago, she admitted in a deposition that she often used racial slurs and jokes in her everyday life and wanted to have a southern plantation-themed wedding for her brother, subsequently losing pretty much all her shows and endorsements.
She stayed quiet for a while, but then this past February compared her struggles with those of Michael Sam, the now-NFL player who announced he was gay prior to the draft. Not only was it an inappropriate comparison to begin with, but on top of that she didn't even know Sam's name; she called him "that black football player who recently came out."
And now people want to give this person their money?
Clearly, she’s a pretty loathsome character. But that won’t stop Deen, who “was always bigger than a 30 minute television show” according to her producer/The Chew creator Gordon Elliot. According to Paula Deen Ventures CEO Steven Nanula, “Paula will enjoy full creative control of the shows, recipes and content, and be able to give her fans exactly what they love most about her.”
So basically, you’ll get butter, butter, and more butter, with a side of racism and a dash self-pity. Bon appétit!