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Paula Deen Says She Will Be 'Really, Really Happy to See 2013 Gone'

Paula Deen says she can't wait to say goodbye to the year that saw her lose her Food Network show and several lucrative multi-million dollar endorsement deals following accusations of racism.

"I'm gonna be really, really happy to see 2013 gone," the 66-year-old Southern chef told a crowd at the Salvation Army Golden Kettle in Georgia. "There may be something in that number 13."

Deen said the turmoil was an "opportunity for me to grow."

"It taught me a lot about people not all of it you like. But I learned that I had so many people that cared about me and prayed for me and my family. And I'm looking forward to 2014."

Deen said she decided to do something positive and donate gifts to the charity because "my children had way too much."

"When I'm dead and gone and someone hears my name, I just hope and pray that the first thing people think of is not the word 'butter', but 'hope,'" she laughed.

December 9, 2013 |

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