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Paula Deen

$75 MIllion For Huge Comeback

2/12/2014 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Paula Deen -- like the Phoenix -- is rising again ... thanks to a $75 MILLION infusion of cash from a Phoenix-based investment company that could put Paula's wares in the back pocket of airplane seats.

Jahm Najafi clearly thinks the Paula Deen brand is still a marketable commodity, because his company is fronting the cash.

As for Najafi's plan ... we found it extremely interesting that in 2012 he bought SkyMall magazine ... which you've probably leafed through and then failed to buy anything from inside.  So the question -- will Paula's pots and pans end up in the mag?

As you know ... Paula was unceremoniously dumped by virtually all of her sponsors after confessing she used the N word to describe a person who robbed the bank she was a teller at in the 80s.

By the way ... in addition to SkyMall, Najafi owns the Book of the Month Club and Columbia House.

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31.

stephanie     

Good for you Paula, I knew you'd be back! Keep your head up!

230 days ago
32.

PokeFangirl    

The stuff she said was also bad but it's at least understandably because of where and how she grew up. It doesn't make it right but let's be honest pretty much everyone has said somethings that others would definitely find to be racist, sexist, or just all around unacceptably offensive/ignorant. That being said no matter how you look at it, having black people dress up as pre-civil war slaves and serve the white gets food was in bad taste and inexcusable. It's bad enough people praise her 3000 calorie, diabetic, heart attack inducing food; but for her to have diabetes, hide it until she lands a spokesperson deal with a diabetes drug company, and then continue to be publicly seen eating the same slop that gave her diabetes in the first place makes her a hypocrite over everything else.

230 days ago
33.

harvey is racist    

isnt it interesting how in america, you say something offensive about jews or gays and you are essentially toast within those communities and you are shunned by most of main stream america.

However , someone can insult the black community and not only are they forgiven, if they wait around long enough THEY become the victim and blacks the intolerable aggressors . The black community is the only one that is expected ..nah ..demanded...to forgive those that insult or disrespect them. If they still hold some kind of reservations about that person , white america goes "see...told you they were racist and hateful".

Do you think anyone is going to demand the jewish community to forgive mel gibson, even though what he said was years ago?? No....he could give his entire lifesavings to jewish causes and the jewish community would still not care..nor does anyone demand that they do..

And heavens forbid you piss off the gay community....you have that reggae artist that said something offensive about gays 20 years ago..his shows are constantly being protested against and has difficulty getting visa to perform in america because of it. Yet, thats find though.

Its only a problem when it involves blacks...you know those intolerable, racist blacks.

smh. This world is fkked

230 days ago
34.

Dead@27    

She don't like N!&&ers, and N!&&ers don't like her.

230 days ago
35.

Leighton Explains It All    

I didn't realize SkyMall sold butter.

230 days ago
36.

Lauri    

Is this guy trying to corner the market in goods people stopped buying in the '80s?

230 days ago
37.

Lakeviewboy    

Cool, I'll make sure I don't pick that dirty magazine out of the airline seat pocket again. I heard they are full to germs anyway.

230 days ago
38.

fifithepoodle    

Oh no, Want be buying those pots or pans.

230 days ago
39.

lou    

Trashy

230 days ago
40.

JR    

Congrats to Paula! Now she needs to get back on TV!

230 days ago
41.

franklyspeaking    

I ♥ her but She loox like she says Nickel with immense ease.

230 days ago
42.

stinky mcgee    

There are a lot of people out there who are doing much worse than PD and the public loves them. She's as deserving as most of those toads.

230 days ago
43.

michael ramirez    

No one cares about ******s

230 days ago
44.

verlinda    

Big Lots still sell her items and Cookware

230 days ago
45.

ace    

***** please

230 days ago
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