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Paula Deen

Dropped from Cooking Expo Ads

Even Though She's Headlining

8/25/2013 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paula Deen
is headlining a giant food expo in Houston next month, but you wouldn't know it ... because two huge ticket sellers are REFUSING to put her name or her picture in the advertising, TMZ has learned.

The event is the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show ... and Paula was supposed to be the main attraction, but sources connected with the expo tell us, Groupon and Livingsocial are actively trying to distance themselves from anything Deen-related.

Instead, the companies are featuring much lesser known chefs on their ads -- like Terry French and Martie Duncan -- and ticket sales are taking a huge hit.

A rep for the expo tells us, "It's more difficult -- I'm not going to kid -- not having those tools [Paula and her sons] to help sell tickets, but we are fighting for Paula."

Paula has been with the expo for 8 years, and the rep says tickets sold much more quickly when the chef was featured on the advertisements ... but not this year ... and there's nothing Metro can do about it (except on its own website).

FYI, the expo will be Paula's first public appearance since she settled the racial discrimination lawsuit filed against her in Georgia.

Reps for Livingsocial and Groupon had no comment.

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BOHOE    

Lamar will be attending to show his support for Paula .... he feels Paula treats blacks 100 x better than the Kardashians - plus there's always hookers at those events

333 days ago
2.

sporthedoorwor    

Any white can be the victim of the "you are a racist" witch hunt of society. I was once called a racist because I'm white and only date oriental girls. I was called a racist for interracially dating. HAHAHAHA. Witch hunt. But i'm not famous, so, i dont care if anybody calls me racist.

333 days ago
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iCn2u    

The racial discrimination suit was dismissed by the judge also. She didn't have to settle anything! She will be back ahead of her game with the "real-life Olivia Pope" on her team doing damage control.

333 days ago
4.

Woot    

Paula needs to fade quietly into her family and her substantial bank account and be grateful the party lasted as long as it did despite her typical southern backwardstance. Hopefully she learned something from it and many years from now, when some have forgiven her, she might be able to sell a book or something.

333 days ago
5.

Phil    

Paula's gonna make her N-word Pye with a double butter crust. It's Deeenlishious Y'ALLLLLL!!!

333 days ago
6.

Googie    

Some people have killed & have gotten less criticism than Paula who said something 30 years ago? All this because a white woman wanted to get rich by jumping on the race card wagon. Never watched Paula, but after all this & the case was dismissed.... I'm going to go & buy Paula's products ... that is if there are still any. People have done far worse & have been forgiven & come back. Hope Paula does the same.

333 days ago
7.

Ashley     

hope a lesson was learned from this, just not worth it.........making racist jokes makes a person come off extremely stupid........
a sincere apology would've made a big difference.....

333 days ago
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D.Tidrow    

It's all rite, Paula has plenty of money. When do get a race card? Oh yea I'm white and Jewish.

333 days ago
9.

NOT ELMO    

Paula Deen
Dropped from Cooking Expo Ads
Even Though She's Headlining........................SHE Should Do a PORN...

333 days ago
10.

Honest truth    

Lol Lmao ctfu at you pigment impaired sitting in the sun confused On wheather to be pink or tan people hahahahahahahaha

333 days ago
11.

BB not bb    

If Paula Deen was at an event, I would think about going because I think it would be a lot of fun and have a good vibe. If there are some unknown chefs there, it might just be a stuffy boring time. Serves them right that they can't sell their coupons when they misrepresent the event. People would probably buy up the tickets out of solidarity with Paula if they knew she was headlining.

333 days ago
12.

lou    

White trash

333 days ago
13.

Dorothy Lisa Barcenez-Miller    

OMG Enough Already!!! We ALL hae said one thing or another as we were growing up....GET OVER IT!!! Some of us were born toparents who did not care for blacks, mexicans, and so on...so we grew up that way of thinking..NOW we have all these policitial correct ways to address blacks, mexicans, white and so on... ok got it.... Let's move on and screw the business(e)s that feel that they as a whole have never sin, and think they walk on water!

333 days ago
14.

Kabala    

It's politically correct to dissassociate with PD right now but I'm sure she will weather this storm - the whole thing was a modern day witch hunt.

333 days ago
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Sili'LilSkoolgrl    

She isn't a trained chef. Most of her dishes would be considered culinary disasters by true chefs.

333 days ago
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