CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Paula Deen is back, y’all, and she loves her some Charlotte.
More than 2,000 people attended Deen’s show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center on Wednesday night, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Deen, the media maven of Southern cuisine known for her catchphrase “hi y’all!,” acquired the 440 shows in which she appeared on the Food Network, according to her spokesman. She plans to gradually air two “vintage” episodes per week for subscribers on her web site.
This is the latest chapter in Deen’s comeback, after her corporate partners dropped her like a hot potato last year in the wake of a racism scandal.
Although Deen told the audience that her team chose Charlotte for the network launch, a Deen spokesman had said earlier that it was just a matter of timing — the show had been scheduled before they knew the site would be ready.
While Deen never said anything during her Charlotte stop that sounded like an apology, many fans made it clear they don’t think there is any reason to apologize.
Deen later announced a $10,000 donation to the group HelpingAHero.org to help build four houses in Charlotte for wounded veterans.
To make the announcement, Deen brought out country singer Lee Greenwood, who performed his hit “God Bless the U.S.A.”
Source: Charlotte Observer