1. ‘TEARS OF JOY’

    Paula Deen Cries at Comeback Show

    In this Saturday, July 21, 2012 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Food Network personality Paula Deen cheers for her husband, Michael Groover, during the semifinals of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Groover was among the 25 best from 140 Ernest Hemingway look-alikes who competed in the contest, but did not advance to the final round. The contest was a highlight event of the island city's Hemingway Days celebration that concludes Sunday. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

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    Paula Deen must be hoping a good serving of butter will cause everyone to forget. The cooking show star made her first steps toward redemption on Saturday, appearing at the Metro Cooking & Entertaining show in Houston and crying “tears of joy” at being back on the stage. It was her first public appearance since she quit her show in June after being outed for using racial slurs. She received a standing ovation and thunderous applause from the crowd of 1,500. Prior to the show, she reportedly told TMZ that she didn’t need a comeback because she “never went anywhere.”

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