Paula Deen — Sobs at First Public Appearance After Racist Scandal (Photos)

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Paula Deen was a big butterball of emotion today during her first public appearance since settling the racial discrimination lawsuit that destroyed her career … and we”ve got the pics.

Paula appeared in Houston, Texas today for the Metro Cooking and Entertainment Show to mark her return … and got choked up after receiving a standing ovation when she hit the stage.

The 66-year old chef told the crowd she had been wanting her return to take place in Texas all along … and was just shedding tears of joy.

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The crowd in Texas seems to have forgiven Paula — so we gotta ask …