Deen apologizing during her “Today” show appearance in June. (AP/NBC, Peter Kramer)

“Hi! I’m back!”

— Paula Deen at the Metro Cooking & Entertaining show in Houston Saturday. After a three-month exile, the disgraced cooking queen made her first appearance before a cheering crowd, where there were tears for joy and thanks for support (“I had a little rough patch this summer”) before Deen playfully leaned into a camera and announced her comeback.

Earlier: Paula Deen: Can she save her career? Crisis managers weight in (June 26)

Paula Deen on ‘Today’: Weepy, wounded, more defensive than apologetic (June 26)


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