Paula Deen welcomed back to Dallas cooking event

Paula Deen

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Southern cooking icon Paula Deen, left, hosted a demonstration at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertainment Show in Dallas in September, 2012.

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Posted on June 24, 2013 at 9:21 PM

We've heard a lot today about Paula Deen losing yet another big endorsement from Smithfield Foods.

But not everyone is abandoning the Southern cooking icon.

News 8 caught up with Deen at the first Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show in Dallas last September. On Monday, the show confirmed Deen will be back this September — despite being caught in that scandal over a racial slur.

A statement from the show called her a friend for many years.

"She has apologized and we are taking her apology at her word and moving forward accordingly," the statement said. "This is a nation of forgiveness and second chances."

Deen will continue to be a "presenter" at the MetroCooking show on September 21-22 in Dallas and at similar events in Houston and Washington, D.C.

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