HOUSTON (September 15, 2013)--Celebrity cook Paula Deen fought back tears as she was greeted by a supportive crowd during an appearance Saturday at a Houston cooking show, her first public appearance since June when it was revealed that in an earlier legal deposition she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.
Within a few days the Food Network yanked her show off the air, Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser, and retailers such as Wal-Mart removed her products from shelves.
About 1,500 people gave Deen a standing ovation Saturday when she appeared at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show.
"Y'alls hearts are as big as your state," she said.
Deen held two cooking demonstrations, which included tips on how to make peanut butter pie.