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Paula Deen may be headed for a comeback.
Not only were all the charges against the embattled celebrity chef in her racial discrimination lawsuit dismissed today, but fellow culinary stars think she can redeem herself and more.
"She's a pretty tough woman," Giada De Laurentiis told me at last night's opening of the Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival. "Don't count her out just yet."
Michael Chiarello, host of several cooking shows including Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello on the Food Network, agrees.
"Absolutely," he said when asked if Deen was destined for a return, adding, "Sometimes, when something happens to a jerk, you go, ‘Well he's a jerk' or ‘She's a jerk. She kind of had it coming.' She didn't have this coming. She's a sweetheart of a person."