Paula Deen Steps Out In First Public Appearance Since Scandal (VIDEO)

Source: Alexis Shaw / ABC News

Nearly three months after she begged for America’s forgiveness and watched her empire crumble around her for admitting that she had used a racial slur, Paula Deen made her first public appearance at a Texas cooking show.

Deen got a standing ovation when she ascended the stage to join her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen, at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston on Saturday.

The disgraced celebrity chef welled up when she reflected on what she called “a rough patch” that she had experienced this summer.

“I’ve said all along that the one place that I would want to make my first step back out was Texas,” she told the approximately 1,400 people in the audience. “Y’all’s hearts are as big as your state.”

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