September 16th, 2013
11:54 AM ET

Paula Deen: 'I'm Back'

Celebrity Chef Paula Deen returns to the spotlight over the weekend at an event in Houston, Texas, for the first time since a racial discrimination lawsuit against her was dismissed. CNN's Zoraida Sambolin reports.

At a cooking show with 1,500 fans and getting a standing ovation, Deen thanked her supporters for standing by her and marked what could be the start of a comeback.

She was visibly emotional and said, "Hi!  I'm back." She continued, "It was an opportunity to learn.  I learned a lot about myself and my business.  And I just want to thank y'all from the bottom of my heart."

Deen lost her Food Network show and many of her endorsement deals after she admitted, in a deposition, to using racially insensitive language in the past.

There's no word yet on whether she might return to TV, but she does have another cooking show appearance scheduled this weekend in Dallas.

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