Paula Deen to Launch Online Cooking Network

06/11/2014 at 11:41 AM ET

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Big news from Paula Deen this morning: the Southern chef will launch the Paula Deen Network, an interactive digital platform, later this year.

“I’m so excited about my new online network. Y’all can get my recipes, tips and cooking anytime you want — this is for you. I can’t wait to crank up the oven and get cooking for the people I love: my family, my friends and my fans!” Deen said via press release.

The network, expected to launch in September, will require a paid subscription and will give fans access to on-demand cooking videos, tips, and recipes. To longtime viewers, the set of Deen’s new videos will feel familiar: It closely resembles that of her first show, Paula’s Home Cooking, but will be filmed in her new studio in Savannah, Georgia.

Subscribers can expect to find both short videos and longer, more traditional cooking shows, as well as special programming around holidays and Southern themes. At launch, the Paula Deen Network will be available on computers, smartphones, and tablets, with integration for smart TVs expected at a later date.

This launch is a bold move after Deen’s relationship with the Food Network ended last year amid scandal. With this network, Deen will be able to exercise full creative control over her shows’ content. And, of course, she can count on her sons, Jamie Deen and Bobby Deen, as well as her husband, Michael Groover, for frequent guest appearances.

Fans can get a sneak peek at the Paula Deen Network at her live shows scheduled throughout the summer. Early registration for the network begins in July; find updates on

—Kristin Appenbrink

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bitsy on

Hope it’s a flop!

Judy on

I can’t wait. I love her recipes.

Kim on


KJ on

Looking forward to it!

lissa on

Let her be happy ,she paid for her words,lifes to short to be hating her,she could be worse

Linda on

I have no interest in paying to watch a cooking show. I pay for cable – that’s enough. Good grief.

cheryl conroy on

why should we pay to watch her cook she makes enough money already

alearose on

I don’t see this being a huge success. People already pay for cable. Does anybody really need a subscription recipe show online?? And why would they, when there are some really great and free recipe shows already available for free on Youtube?

Diane on

Good for her. I hope it’s a big success.

Kestrel on

There are 4 million recipes online and countless videos. Who needs to watch her add butter to a dish everyone has made a million times? Who DOESN’T know how make cornbread or grits? I stopped watching her when I moved to the south. There’s only so much of that “oh, LAWD, bless yurr hahhhhhhrt!” accent one can take.
Yes, she has paid more dearly than most people who have done worse. She can’t go to prison to say she has paid her debt. I’m just not a fan if that phoniness.

Midwest mom on

I must say, I am truly surprised it took as long as it did for people to get pissed off about this woman. Ever read her autobiography? Her affairs with married men, how she talked about the black people who worked for her grandparents when she was little (her grandparents hit them when they corrected Paula after she attacked their child who they brought to work), and the mean way she treated her husband’s daughter when they were dating. I was so sickened by that book, all coming directly from Paula herself! And have you seen how she practically attacks men on her shows, not just flirting, but to the point where it makes you uncomfortable to even watch! If she was a older man, we would call him a dirty old man.

Clearly, she can’t get another TV show so she is reduced to this. I hope she has saved her money. And all this stress with her diabetes can’t be good. Her health should come first. Paula, take your money and go enjoy life, relax, be happy……. This is just sad…

Crums.. on

Paula so glad to see the home cooking stove fire up again..watching the generous portions of BUTTER going into the fixins that you prepare…..Best Wishes for Dirty Dishes bring it on..

Brenda on

People are so mean spirited, think about it, if it were you, would you want people trashing you like that! I think not!! Good for Paula Deen, I hope she does well.

Linda on

Yeah! Food network abandoned its roots and loyalty to fans. Can’t wait for Paula.

alex on

Wonderful – this woman should of been praised for being honest on something that happened 20 plus years ago and instread was shamed for being honest. But the liers can lie on the stand and people hail them- so happy for Paula – you go GF and show the world what it like to hold your head up high and continue living – and let the haters hate because they are jealous.

Debbe on

Good for her! I hope it goes well for her, she deserves happiness. Not one person on the planet is perfect and her mistake was a misuse of a word, but she is not a racist.

Karen McCauley on

I am happy that Paula is coming back to TV. However, I do miss the real Paula…money changed her looks, which is fine and wonderful. I would like to see the short hair return and a somewhat regular well as the old personality. Money should never change your heart.

Anonymous on

So lets continue to slam a woman who has not only apologized but flat out left the public eye in shame of something she said 20 years ago, but Justin Bieber throws racial slurs and jokes about the KKK and its “oh but look how cute he is?” WTF people.

deb on

I just hope the show has a video – I would miss hearing Ms. Dean give the days menu and to have her walk through the preparation is so nice to hear a friendly and country voice that goes along with all her great dishes…when Paula talks about ham for mostly a breakfast recipe – I go almost as gaga as when there’s bacon involved. Hope the show is a hit as your great ones in the past. Surly Bobby and Jamie will be either guests or as part of the regular theme.

Uncle on

Good for her. I’m not a fan, but after the way the thought nazis treated her, she deserves a shot.

Rachel on

Thrilled for Paula !!! Hey, Bitsy……u must learn in life to forgive others as u would want to be forgiven. U must be young , only surmising by the name u’ve chosen and u must not be from the old south. With all this aside, Paula did apologize and u can’t keep beating a dead horse. God has forgiven her and so must u.

Peter on

Good luck with that LOL

Leilani on

Good for Paula. I always loved her program. I think what happened to her was horrible. Why does the public think they are beyond racism? She said what she said back when it was acceptable. Now we are horrified by any racist remark.
We can’t even have a camel on an ad because it is offensive to some group of people.
I hope Paula has all the success and becomes really rich to stick it to the dead beats.

Ralph Malph on

She can call it “The Hog Fat and White Flour Network.”

Ebony on

You have to pay for it? Lmao!

K T on

Welcome back you sweet lady of Georgia!!!
I am so excited and happy for your new show Paula.. Congrats and you go girl!!
Pay no mind to the negative unhappy peeps in this world… You are so loved…

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