Houston, TX (CBS/KHOU) -- It's been a tough year for cooking star, Paula Deen. But it looks like her fans have weathered the storm with her. A lawsuit and the use of the "n" word caused the cooking star to lose several sponsors. Today marked Deen's first appearance in months and Houstonians say they are ready to have her back.
Paula Deen, the queen of southern cooking, wept as she took the stage. Hundreds of fans gave her a standing ovation. The 66-year old says it was her first time out in three months. She said, The one place I would want to make my first step back out was Texas. Before we start cooking I just want to say I'm so thankful and I'm so full of gratitude for all the love an encouragement that ya'll have shown me."
A firestorm erupted when a racial discrimination lawsuit was filed against the former Food Network star. During a deposition, Deen admitted to using the "n' word.
In the fallout major sponsors dropped her including Target and Walmart. Deen posted a series of mea culpas online following the controversy before taking a break from the spotlight. But her fans, never seemed to waver.
A judge has dismissed the lawsuit last month leaving Deen to get back to what started it all: her southern cooking.