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Paula Deen On Her Comeback: “I’m Fighting To Get My Name Back”

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February 26, 2014 AT 12:29 PM
Paula Deen is speaking out for the first time since the 2013 discrimination lawsuit that brought down her cooking empire. Speaking with PEOPLE exclusively, the 67-year-old southern chef is ready to rebuild, but knows there are still hurdles to jump. “I’m fighting to get my name back,” she told the mag. “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name."