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Paula Deen Cries After Getting Standing Ovation At Houston Cooking Show

7:04 AM, Sep 15, 2013   |    comments
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Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY

Was this her first move on the road to redemption? Is a comeback even possible?

A thinner-looking Paula Deen stepped out in public for the first time on Saturday since her summer scandal (she admitted in June she used the n-word), and she was greeted warmly. Very warmly.

At the Metro Cooking & Entertaining show in Houston, the celeb chef, 66, broke down in tears as she received "thunderous applause during a 10-minute ovation," reports People.com.

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"These are tears of joy, y'all," she said, reports the Houston Chronicle. The site says about 1,500 fans showed up. "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 was joined by sons Bobby and Jamie for a cooking demo. And although she wiped away tears at the start, she quickly got back into her usual role, says People. Near the end of her demo, she walked up to a cameraman, put her face up close to his camera and said with a giant smile, "I'm back!"

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