Paula Deen postpones Durham shows

Posted February 18, 2010
Updated October 17, 2011

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— Food Network cook Paula Deen has postponed her Feb. 21 shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center.

On Thursday, Deen canceled appearances in six cities, including Durham and Charlotte, because the promoter of the tour was unable to meet its financial obligations, her publicist said.

"We've done many of these shows around the country with other promoters and they've been wonderful," said Nancy Assuncao, publicist for Paula Deen Enterprises. "But there were apparently too many financial and logistical issues for this promoter, Celebrity Chefs Tour LLC, to handle and we had to make a painful decision after they could still not perform after giving them additional time to meet their obligations.”

Deen is working on an alternative plan with new promoters and hopes to announce new details in the coming weeks.

"I love traveling the country sharing stories, cooking and visiting with folks, it's one of my favorite things to do," Deen said in a release. "That's why I'm so sorry that those who bought tickets or were planning to attend are going to be disappointed. I apologize for that and I appreciate their patience.”

Ticket holders for the Durham show are encouraged to retain their tickets until further details regarding a new date are announced, DPAC officials said.


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  • devilblue Feb 19, 2010

    I really enjoy her shows, magazine and cookbooks but I can't afford to pay the asking price of a ticket to see her. I do think they are a little over priced unless you are going to get to sample what she is cooking.

  • copforlife Feb 19, 2010

    OMG how will we live??????

  • clwdsw Feb 19, 2010

    I wouldn't consider coming to work and not get paid for my time... would you? More than likely no. So why should Paula?

  • kikinc Feb 19, 2010

    I don't have the talent that Paula has, and I still don't work for free.

  • Grace72 Feb 19, 2010

    I think she is awesome. People really need to get off there high horses. If you had the talent that Paula had you wouldn't work for free.

  • Mom V Feb 19, 2010

    If I have to pay to see her then heck yeah she should be paid. If she is doing it for free then the show should be free. I don't see anyone offering free tickets to the show. It's the woman's job and she should be paid. I happen to know that she does do some shows at little or no cost when the money raised is going to charity.

  • twinkiemb Feb 19, 2010

    So because she is famous and has money she should be able to do a show or two without getting paid? Jealous much? Would you come to work if you were told they could not pay you? I know I go to work everyday because its all about the dough.

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  • garnertoy Feb 19, 2010

    plus she has come a long way from selling bag lunces out of her home she has earned the right to make some money.

  • jackieflash42 Feb 19, 2010

    Wow, bunnie gets paid by the minute. I wish I had that kind of job.