Paula Deen is ready to jump-start her stalled career. Paula Deen Ventures, the company behind the former Food Network star's enterprise of cookware, restaurants and media, is gaining steam after receiving a multimillion-dollar investment.
Najafi Media, an affiliate of Najafi Cos., a private investment firm with stakes in the Phoenix Suns basketball team and other companies, announced a new partnership with Deen along with an investment of $75 million to $100 million in her company.
Deen hasn't secured any major TV deals yet, but is reported to be in contact with some networks and other potential partners. That list of potential partners does not include the Food Network, according to a Food Network spokeswoman.
Deen was once considered the reigning queen of Southern cuisine on TV, made famous by her drawl and her often heavy use of butter and mayonnaise. Despite the scandal that forced her off the Food Network, Deen's fans have remained loyal on social media. Fans frequently leave comments on her Facebook page saying they miss her show and condemning her "Today" show interview as unfair.
Throngs of screaming fans greeted Deen at a recent Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Houston.
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