Paula Deen visits another of the stations of the cross on her road to TV redemption tonight — she’s the subject of an E! True Hollywood Story. E!THS says it will detail the “rags to riches tale of a broke, divorced mother of two who carved out a multi-million dollar empire as America’s southern sweetheart, only to see it all fall apart amidst a national scandal ignited by a lawsuit.” Deen’s career resuscitation has been TV-tantalizing since the lawsuit was dropped that had sparked her N-word scandal, nuking her TV reign and multiple endorsement deals — a career nosedive hastened along with an interview on NBC’s Today show she botched so badly even Today panned it.
First, reports got out she’d hired the real-life Olivia Pope — not the character canoodling POTUS, but the crisis management specialist on whom the hit ABC primetime soap Scandal is based. Then, two months ago, Deen made a pre-taped cameo on Fox’s MasterChef. Last month, the ex-Food Network star made her first live public appearance since her June mea culpa media blitz, opening the annual Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston with a pair of cooking demos that earned her a standing ovation. “I’ve said all along that the one place I’d want to make my first step back out is Texas. Y’all’s hearts are as big as your state,” Deen gushed, per The Houston Chronicle.
And tonight, she’s getting the True Hollywood treatment on E! — owned by NBC-parent Comcast.
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