Time heals all, right?
Well, that’s what Paula Deen is hoping with this new lucrative deal she’s just inked for a whopping $75 Million.
Less than a year after a racial slur scandal threatened to ruin her career, CNN Money reports that Deen is eager to earn eight-figures for her cooking prowess and tv skills.
Deen is partnering with investor Najafi Media on a new company, Paula Deen Ventures, which will include her restaurants, cookbooks, cookware, and cruises, among other things. In a statement about the project, Najafi Media founder and CEO Jahm Najafi told CNN he has “a deep respect for the hard work, unique content, and quality products which Paula has built around her brand.”
The news comes several months after the former Food Network star’s involvement in a racial discrimination lawsuit from an ex-employee, which resulted in her being dropped by sponsors including JC Penney, Wal-Mart, Kmart, and Smithfield Foods. The case was ultimately dropped, but not until after Deen’s career had taken several hits, and she had inspired the hilarious Twitter hashtag, #PaulasBestDishes.
Should be interesting to see whether the public will allow Paula Deen to get back to business as usual, cookbooks and all. Something tells me her fan base is celebrating this news.
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