Paula Deen Net Worth 2022 – Salary, Income, Earnings

Paula Deen Net Worth

Paula Deen has an estimated net worth of $16 million. Paula Deen is a TV personality known for hosting such culinary shows as ‘Paula’s Home Cooking,’ ‘Paula’s Party’ and ‘Paula’s Best Dishes.’ She earns most of her income from her restaurants and television shows.

Paula Deen was a Food Network staple for more than a decade, from Paula’s Home Cooking to Top Chef. She has also published several books on Southern cooking, as well as a memoir, and has her own cooking magazine, Cooking with Paula Deen. Following a racially charged controversy that caused her to leave the Food Network, she returned to TV hosting with Positively Paula in 2016. 

To calculate the net worth of Paula Deen, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Paula Deen
Net Worth: $16 Million
Monthly Salary: $300 Thousand
Annual Income: $5 Million
Source of Wealth: Chef, TV chef, Restaurateur, Cook, Author, Actor

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Early Life

Paula Deen was born on January 19, 1947, in Albany, Georgia. She attended Albany High School and married her first husband after graduating in 1965. Deen suffered from panic attacks and chronic agoraphobia after both of her parents died by the time she was 23. She retreated into her kitchen, eventually launching The Bag Lady, a home-based catering business with her two sons as deliverymen.

The Bag Lady was a smash hit, forcing Deen to expand beyond the confines of her kitchen. She opened her own restaurant, The Lady and Sons, in downtown Savannah in January 1996, which she ran with her two sons. By 1999, The Lady and Sons had been named “International Meal of the Year” by USA Today. The restaurant, like Deen’s catering company, was wildly popular, and her first cookbook, The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook, followed soon after; the book allowed readers to try Deen’s recipes at home, which led to her first TV appearance, on the QVC shopping channel.

TV Stardom

Following a few guest appearances on Food Network shows, Deen shot a pilot for the network called Afternoon Tea in early 2001. The network approved the show, and Deen landed her own show, Paula’s Home Cooking, in 2002. Following the success of that series, Paula’s Party debuted on the Food Network in 2006. Her sons, Bobby and Jamie, began appearing on both shows with Paula, and the network gave them their own show, Road Tasted, the following year.

Following the success of her hit shows, Deen launched a lifestyle magazine called Cooking with Paula Deen in 2005, and her third cookbook, Paula Deen Celebrates!, was released in 2006. It Ain’t All About the Cooking, Deen’s memoir, was published in 2007, and The Deen Family Cookbook (2009) and Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible (2011) completed her writing efforts.

Not content with her television dominance, Deen debuted another cooking show, Food Network’s Paula’s Best Dishes, in June 2008. In June 2007, Deen received a Daytime Emmy Award for Paula’s Home Cooking (outstanding lifestyle host). She was named Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade in October 2010.

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Racial Controversy

Deen became the focus of intense media scrutiny in June 2013. Around this time, it was revealed that she had admitted to using the N-word during a legal deposition in May. A former employee had sued Deen and her brother for racial and sexual harassment. She also stated that she had not used the offensive term in her testimony in a long time.

Deen’s admission drew harsh criticism. She admitted to making a mistake in a video posted on YouTube. “Inappropriate, hurtful language is completely unacceptable,” she declared. Deen insisted in another video that she was not racist. “I am not concerned with your skin color, religion, or sexual preferences.”

In response to the backlash, the Food Network decided not to renew Deen’s contract with the cable network. Some of Deen’s fans were outraged by her dismissal, leaving messages on the Food Network’s Facebook page and threatening to boycott the network. Despite these protests, the Food Network stood firm in its decision to end its 11-year relationship with Deen.

Deen was dropped by her publisher, Ballantine Books, later that month. The Random House publishing company decided to cancel her upcoming cookbook Paula Deen’s New Testament.

Rebuilding Her Career

Deen attempted to reclaim her celebrity chef status after being dropped by her network and publisher. She communicated with her fans directly during her Paula Dean Live! tour, which included cooking demonstrations. Dean also announced plans to launch her own online network in June 2014. The Paula Deen Network debuted in September 2014, with shows like 20-Minute Meals and Paula Cooking Light.

Deen continued her comeback by competing on Dancing with the Stars in 2015. She began hosting Positively Paula, a family-friendly cooking show taped from her home in Savannah, Georgia, in late 2016.

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