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Paula Deen Returns After Career Ending N-Word Scandal

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It’s been over a year since Paula Deen’s career was ravaged by her use of the N-word but now, the former television host is back and ready for her comeback.

After being fired from pretty much every endorsement deal the 67-year-old had, Deen made an appearance on NBC’s Today to talk about her return and how she has changed since her time out of the spotlight. In fact, the former face of the Food Network couldn’t even stand to look back at the footage from last year’s fiasco.

“I looked at none of it, Matt, because I didn’t recognize that woman,” she told host Matt Lauer. “That was a woman in trauma, in, I would say shock, trying to understand what had happened. The cold, hard fact, Matt, is I probably should not have been here. I probably should have been at home, maybe even under the care of a doctor.”

During her chat with Lauer, Deen opened up about being dropped by business partners such as WalMart, QVC, Target and the Food Network. “I had a hard time understanding because it had been 30 years,” she explained. “I had to go home, sit on my sofa and get off the merry-go-round. I had to remove myself and sit quietly so I that I could think and see things from all angles.”

So what does Deen have planned for the near future? “I really feel like it’s going to require another book. We are working on a documentary because I feel like everybody needs to know the entire story,” she said. “We’re doing a documentary that will be on the Paula Deen Network. But, as I was saying, I learned so much when I sat quietly with my own thoughts. The most powerful thing—and I thought I knew it, because I’ve talked about it before—is the power of words. I don’t care how old they are. Words are so powerful. They can hurt. They can make people happy. Well, my words hurt people. They disappointed people. And frankly, I disappointed myself. And for that, I’m so sorry. I’m so sorry for the hurt that I’ve caused people. Because it went deep. It went deep. People lost their jobs. It went deep into corporate America. I’m here to make people happy, not to bring sadness.”

After a former employee filed a lawsuit against the Georgia Native over allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination, Deen admitted in a deposition that she has indeed used the N-word in the past.

Watch Paula Deen express her feelings about last year below:

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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