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Paula Deen

I Don't Need a Comeback

'I Never Went Anywhere'

9/15/2013 7:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paula Deen
is choosing to ignore her epic fall from grace -- telling TMZ, she doesn't need to make a comeback after her n-word scandal ... because she "never went anywhere."

Fact is ... Paula's reputation has been destroyed -- but the celebrity chef is refusing to wave the white flag.

We talked to Paula as she was flying to Houston ... where yesterday she got a standing ovation at a cooking convention, then broke down in tears -- a full 180 from the stiff upper lip routine she gave us. 

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Interestingly, the person by Paula's side at the airport ... none other than Hollis, her dutiful bodyguard.  You may remember the New York Times interview, when she mentioned Hollis was "as black as that board," referring to the black background.

She does have some kind words for 2 Chainz' new cookbook. Mayonnaise and butter, yum!

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Jordan    

Hollis stands at Paula Beck and Call because that is what he gets paid to do.

317 days ago
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Vitamind_88    

who cares

317 days ago
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EnquirerLover    

She is right. She never went anywhere and she ended up getting more press coverage for companies AFTER they dumped her. Now thats saying something about this woman's celebrity. She is as guilty as all of us in this matter. Just a shame she was accosted for peoples greed.

317 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

Good for you Paula, Just keep on cooking and ignore the idiots.

317 days ago
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Jordan    

Harvey give Paula a cooking show on Fox Network.

317 days ago
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D    

Keep cooking, stop crying and ignore the idiots.

317 days ago
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LordGobblecock    

white uber-liberal US media sure do like to put people like this to slaughter just to rid themselves of guilt and make themselves look like they have blacks back. Of course, in reality they still hold the same stereotypical views of blacks and look down on them. But they keep it to themselves and pretend otherwise. The likes of Paula make for a good cover up. In fact in a way they use these stories to put out racist content under the guise of tut tutting at the accused celeb. I see your game.

317 days ago
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TMZCrazy    

Good for her! She's getting smart!

317 days ago
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Truth    

YEA, WELL... WHITNEY SAID THE SAME THING AND LOOK WHERE SHE IS. #RIP #TRUTH!!

317 days ago
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Suzanne Smith     

She got the boot and rightfuly so! Food Network has greatly improved already wih the absence of the bigot, racist, redneck who does nothing but make stupid fat people fatter! She may retain her fat Southern redneck followers but most of us are done with this bitch!

317 days ago
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gutsygirl    

I never was a Paula Deen fan but what happened to her was nothing short of modern-day lynching. Ridiculous.

317 days ago
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BB not bb    

Hollis didn't want her talking to TMZ. Maybe they are wary of what TMZ will say to make her look bad again. I think it is a shame that she is called out as the racist. She is so far from being racist. She is a very gracious and friendly person. I think this is an example of people calling evil good and good evil.


Hollis wanted to get the heck out of there. Maybe he didn't want to be accused of being an Uncle Tom or of being stupid for associating with her When they tear down the whites who aren't racist, they tear down a lot of others with them including blacks.


I am glad she is handling it well at this point. It was just of case of evil testing good. Good always prevails if it stands strong.

317 days ago
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Chuck    

Good for Paula...and bad for TMZ when it continues to use inflammatory writing for a non story about race. Deen is still as relevant as she wants to be.

317 days ago
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Addie    

I think it's time to get over it and move on. She's not a racist. People really play this racist thing out way too much.

317 days ago
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billybob    

Ugly inside as outside

317 days ago
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