Former Food Network star Paula Deen, who was fired from the network and lost several sponsorships after her use of racial epithets came to light during a deposition, is getting back into the TV game — but she’s “going digital, y’all,” Deen announced in a press release.
“I’m so excited about my new online network and can’t wait to show everyone what we’ve been working on. We’re going to have so much fun being together and cooking up some wonderful new and classic dishes,” Deen says. “Y’all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want — this is for you. I can’t wait to crank up the oven and get cooking for the people I love: my family, my friends and my fans!”
The network will feature daily programming from Deen, where she will share new recipes and ideas for her Southern dishes — but also healthy meals, as Deen was also diagnosed with type 2 diabetes a few years ago. Themed shows will include Leftover Mondays and Taco Tuesdays, plus holiday-specific episodes throughout the year.
Production for the Paula Deen Network began in May at a studio in Savannah that has been designed to look like the set of Deen’s first TV show, “Paula’s Home Cooking.” The set can accommodate a live studio audience and guests are expected to join Deen, including sons Jamie and Bobby (pictured above).
The network will be available on computers, tablets and smartphones. Fans can pre-register starting in July at PaulaDeen.com. The first previews of the Paula Deen Network will be debuted June 21 and 22 during the Paula Deen Live! shows, which Deen is currently putting on via her cross-country tour.