I had a very busy week and a few things with Georgia ties fell through the cracks. Here’s a summary of stuff I never got around to:
Savannah’s queen of Southern cuisine Paula Deen is on a resurrection tour.
In a People magazine cover story, Deen said, “I feel like ‘embattled’ or ‘disgraced’ will always follow my name. It’s like that black football player who recently came out [NFL prospect Michael Sam.] He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”
Her empire took a beating last year over a discrimination suit (since dismissed) and alleged use of the N-word in the past. She lost a ton of endorsements.
But Americans love a comeback as much as they love a teardown. Two weeks ago, consumer distribution company Najafi Media has invested $75 million into Paula Deen Ventures to help her rebuild her business.
Atlanta’s Erin Andrews, the Fox Sports reporter, has replaced Brooke Burke-Charvet as a co-host on “Dancing With the Stars,” which caught Burke-Charvet by surprise.
Andrews herself competed on the show and came in third season 10.
Emmy-winning Tom Bergeron remains. He has been there since the beginning in 2005. Andrews will be the show’s fourth female host. The show will announce its 18th season cast on Tuesday. E! reported last week NeNe Leakes of “Real Housewives of Atlanta” may be part of the crew.
Sam Champion, who moved to Atlanta in December to start working with The Weather Channel, will start a new morning show March 17.
He came from “Good Morning America.” I am set to meet him for the first time on Thursday for a profile I’m planning to write.
***Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of “Broad City” will be at Terminal West November 8 instead of March 8.