Deen was involved in a lawsuit with former staff and, in a deposition, admitted she had used the "n" word on numerous occasions in the past. That resulted in canceled shows and sponsorships across the world.
But the chef is attempting to make a comeback and she sat down with E! News, offering a sort of apology for her actions.
"I learned that no matter how old words get, they have a power" she explained. "They have a power to hurt, they have a power to make people happy. Our books, our books are full of words, I found out that they can be very powerful and that they can hurt."
Although many of her fans abandoned her during the scandal, Deen said it was the ones who stuck by her who helped her make it through everything. She said, "I have never had anyone come up and say anything unkind to me. Not one time.
"And in fact, I got letters — I told my team I wanna take a picture with all the mail I got," she added. "I gathered strength from those people and my mail, some of them would have their phone numbers on there and I'd call them. So I'm calling them, and of course they'd think I was pranking them, and I'd say, 'Well, ask me something personal.'"
Deen is returning — this time on the internet, with her very own digital network.
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