Embattled celeb chef Paula Deen to star in new comic book

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Paula Deen doing a cooking demonstration on an episode of NBC's Today show. (Peter Kramer/NBC NewsWire via Getty Images)

The saga of embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen is set to be told in a new comic book series featuring empowered women.

Bluewater Productions, which has developed a series of comic books starring female celebrities called Female Force, will release a biographical comic about the former Food Network star and Southern food aficionado in October, according to a Reuters report.

Deen, 66, lost books deals, several major endorsements, and was dropped from the Food Network after recently admitting to using racial slurs in the past.

Bluewater, which has collaborated with celebs like Ellen DeGeneres and William Shatner, said the comic book had been in the works for several months before the controversy began, and the company didn't wish to cut ties with Deen.

"She really changed cooking -- and Southern cooking -- for women," said Bluewater President Darren G. Davis.

"We're moving forward with this Female Force series because she fits in with women like Julia Child and Barbara Walters," David added. "We're not going to flambé her."

The majority of the comic book will chronicle Deen's rise from home-based caterer to restaurateur to the face of a multimillion dollar culinary empire, but will also include her recent publicity and business struggles.

Deen will not receive any money from the comic book sales, according to Reuters, but the publisher will donate money to a charity chosen by the celebrity chef.




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