Paula Deen Completes Food Network Contract, Considers Talk Show As “White Oprah”

Posted by Sharon on Jun 14

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Amidst her recent legal battles, celebrity chef Paula Deen is still able to breathe a sigh of relief -- because as of last month, she's now a free agent.

Deen's contract with Food Network expired in May, though her shows "Paula's Best Dishes," "Paula's Party," and "Paula's Home Cooking" will continue to air at least through next year.  But she's very grateful for her connection to Food Network and says she wants the relationship to continue. Beyond that, her plans for the future are quite vague.

One known project is a new web series called "Real Women of Philadelphia." The show takes place in a full-sized kitchen set at Georgia's Meddin Studios and promises to be more than just a digital media experiment. The series premiere will air on June 30, 2010 on Paula Deen's official website.

Additionally, Deen dropped hints back in 2008 that she had a deal with Warner Bros. Television to host her own talk show. She hinted at this new venture again last year in a Reader's Digest interview, saying "My aunt Peggy always called me the white Oprah long before I had a show on the Food Network."

Warner Bros. looked into using the city of Savannah, GA to shoot a potential talk show. However, that investigation has been put on hold, and Savannah city officials say they are currently not involved in any talks regarding a new Paula Deen series.

Source: Savannah Morning News

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