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Paula Deen DROPPED By Advertisers At Houston Cooking Expo! Even Though She's Headlining!

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Despite all of the recent controversy, Paula Deen is headlining the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show in Houston next month, but advertisers aren't exactly promoting her presence!

The celebrity chef recently had a couple victories in her favor as she had her racial discrimination case thrown out and her lawsuit against former employee Lisa Jackson was dropped! However, companies are STILL trying to distance themselves from her!

According to sources, Groupon and Livingsocial are actively trying to avoid promoting Paula's presence at the event, and ticket sales are taking a HUGE hit!

One insider close to the expo says:

"It's more difficult — I'm not going to kid — not having those tools to help sell tickets, but we are fighting for Paula."

Paula has been one of the big names at the expo for the last eight years, and she's been a MAJOR draw when it comes to selling tickets.

However, this year, promoters are choosing to focus on lesser-known chefs like Terry French and Martie Duncan, and it looks like it may have an affect on the attendance.

This will be Paula's first public appearance following the controversy surrounding her racial discrimination lawsuit, and it'll be interesting to see how the public responds to the butter-loving chef!

That is, if they even realize that she's there!

[Image via Michael Wright/WENN.]

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4 comments to “Paula Deen DROPPED By Advertisers At Houston Cooking Expo! Even Though She's Headlining!”

  1. 1

    We should not be tricked into thinking the lawsuit was "dropped" with no merit of it's own, it was SETTLED. Every time it is written and stated that it was "dropped" it lends credence to those who believe it is okay to say racist or homophobic things and claim it was okay as it was in "the past". Ladies and gentleen, "the past" could have been two minutes ago, and though Paula's people would have you think her use of racist language was 30 years ago (1983) "when everyone was doing it" (which they weren't), her desire to use "pickaninnies" and the plantation theme at her brother's wedding was 7 years ago. One way or another, even in 1983 we knew better than racism. It WAS different in the south in 1963, but that's why we had Bayard Rustin and the March on Washington. Please don't tell me we haven't evolved nor learned anything…

  2. 2

    I think her sponsors may be surprised at the backlash they get from her supporters. I have never watched her show, but think she got a raw deal.

  3. V Copeland says – reply to this


    Re: teeter totter – Agreed!

  4. Iodine says – reply to this


    Paula, You should sue for defamation of character.