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Uncle Bubba's Seafood & Oyster House, the restaurant at the center of the Paula Deen racism scandal, has been shuttered in surprising fashion.

The establishment did not tell employees in a meeting face-to-face ... or at all. The workers showed up this morning to find appliances being removed.

The Many Faces of Paula Deen
Deen. Paula Deen. What a nut job.
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1. Deen

Deen. Paula Deen. What a nut job.

Paula Deen Losing Weight?

2. Paula Deen Losing Weight?

Does Paula Deen already look thinner since coming clean about her diabetes? She looks like she is ... albeit slightly.

A Paula Deen Image

3. A Paula Deen Image

Paula Deen lets her hair down. What a mess.

Poor Paula Deen

4. Poor Paula Deen

Poor Paula Deen. We feel bad for her. A little. Sometimes. Not really.

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5. A Paula Deen Photo

Paula Deen is not unhappy. Or healthy.

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6. Paula Deen Pic

Paula Deen has Type 2 diabetes. Sad, but she says she's working to get through it.

Paula Deen People Cover

7. Paula Deen People Cover

Paula Deen on the cover People magazine. She says she's learned a lot from her recent scandal

Paula Deen Pleads

8. Paula Deen Pleads

Paula Deen pleads for people to see where she is coming from.

Celebrity Chef

9. Celebrity Chef

Paula Deen is the epitome of a celebrity chef. One wracked by celebrity news scandals.

Deen of Cookin'

10. Deen of Cookin'

Paula Deen is the Deen of cookin' on the Food Network. Or was, before she got fired.

Paula D.

11. Paula D.

Paula Deen. She has proven to be quite a character over the years.

The Deen of Cooking

12. The Deen of Cooking

Paula Deen knows a thing or two about comfort food recipes. And controversy apparently.

Poor Paula

13. Poor Paula

Paula Deen has gone through some tough times these days.

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14. Paula Deen, Face

Paula Deen's face is looking a little thinner these days. Maybe.

Paula Deen and Katy Perry COMBINED!

15. Paula Deen and Katy Perry COMBINED!

Paula Deen and Katy Perry. You can't tell where one ends and the other begins.

The only explanation was posted on the restaurant's Facebook page this morning, saying, "Thank you for 10 great years. Uncle Bubba's is now closed."

People are pissed. 

"My mother worked there for over 8 years and no one called her!! My fiance also worked there ... a manager called him LAST NIGHT to get his availability next week!"

"My mother put in some hard work for years with you & she finds out when she shows up for work this morning to be escorted by a police officer to get her belongings."

Well ... that's rough.

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In a new People cover story, Paula Deen says she learned a lot from last year's scandal, and empathizes with others caught up in similar ordeals.

At the same time, she can't help but wonder if she got a raw deal.

Paula Deen People Cover

In 2013, the Food Network dropped the celebrity chef after she admitted in a lawsuit deposition that she used a racial slur a "very long time ago."

The TV star subsequently lost a number of endorsement deals. Though Paula Deen apologized on Today, the backlash made it difficult for her.

In general. To do anything.

"When I woke up each morning, it was like my world was crashing down again," the Georgia native, 67, recalls. "Some people said I never apologized."

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Paula Deen is ready to make a comeback, and in a big, big way.

Her new company, Paula Deen Ventures, received an investment between $75 million and $100 million from Najafi Cos., according to The Wall Street Journal.

The Arizona-based private-equity company who invested in Paula is led by Jahm Najafi, who owns the Book-of-the-Month Club and BMG Music Service.

It hopes to help the Southern chef establish new deals and break away from her old business model, which was based on licensing her celebrity image to others.

The chief executive of Deen Ventures, Steven Nanula, said the company is in talks with possible partners, including in the TV space ... just not Food Network.

Deen was fired by the Food Network and many of her other sponsors last year after she admitted to using a racial slur during a deposition she gave for a lawsuit.

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Paula Deen, the Butter Queen, is making headlines once again as reports that the factories she used to manufacture her lifestyle products were notorious for child labor violations and hazardous and deadly working conditions. reports that it has "uncovered Deen's extensive history of partnering with companies that can make her rich, no matter the cost to their workers."

With Deen netting over $17 million last year and being the 4th highest paid celebrity chef, it seems like perhaps they're not wrong.

In recent months, Paula Deen has weathered allegations of racism, been dropped by all of her sponsors, and fired from the Food Network which helped make her a household name in the first place. 

Is she gearing up for another battle over the factories where her products are made? Maybe.

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Paula Deen returned to the public spotlight for the first time since this summer's n-word scandal, and cried tears of joy after receiving a huge ovation.

The celebrity chef, 66, broke down in tears amid 10 minutes of thunderous applause at the Metro Cooking & Entertaining show in Houston Saturday.

Deen of Cookin'

"These are tears of joy, y'all," she said. "This is my first time out in three months. The one place I wanted to make my first step out was in Texas."

"You are forgiving folks with hearts as big as your state. We all experience pain in some way but pain is also a good thing because it makes you grow."

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After doing considerable damage to her empire, the racial and sexual discrimination lawsuit against Paula Deen has now been formally dismissed.

It is believed that a confidential settlement was reached.

Paula Deen is Pissed

In any case, the suit by Lisa Jackson - which blew up against Deen when she admitted using racial slurs in a deposition, which leaked to the media - is no longer.

Jackson, who worked as General Manager at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House in Georgia, filed a lawsuit claiming racial and sexual harassment.

The racial discrimination claim was dismissed by a judge earlier this month because Lisa, who is white, was deemed an "accidental victim" at best.

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It's little consolation now, but the racial discrimination claim in the lawsuit by Lisa Jackson that torpedoed Paula Deen's career has been thrown out.

A judge just ruled in Paula's favor after Deen claimed Jackson had no right to claim racial discrimination ... basically because she is also white.

Any racial slurs made by Deen or comments that she and her cohorts may or may not have made have no legal consequence to her, the judge decided.

Jackson also made the tenuous argument that someone in her family is bi-racial, which Paula disputes. The judge said even so, she was an "accidental victim."

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Paula Deen loves salsa ... just not salsa dancing.

A Dancing With the Stars source says the former Food Network star, 66, was in fact courted by the ABC show, but turned down an offer to compete this fall.

"The dance floor is not the appropriate forum for her," explains a source, though it's unclear why, as it's one of the easiest and best PR boosts around.

DWTS co-host Tom Bergeron hopes she'll reconsider, since, "We've seen career resurgences after the show. People go, 'I remember why I love that person!'"

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Oprah Winfrey befriended Paula Deen in early 2012 and even spent a night at Deen's Georgia home, where she conducted a wide-ranging interview.

Over a year later, in a deposition for a lawsuit, Deen admitted using racial slurs in the past, a revelation that rankled many, including her friend.

Until now, Winfrey had remained silent on her friend's controversy, but addressed it this week during a sit-down of her own for her new film The Butler.

"In the very first days I tried to reach her and then I decided to stay out of it as I saw it blowing up," Winfrey told ET this week. "In time she will be fine."

"For me, it all just felt kind of sad."

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A New York man accused of trying to extort money from embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen has agreed to a plea deal with prosecutors, records show.

Records filed in U.S. District Court in Savannah, Ga., indicate Thomas George Paculis, 62, signed a plea agreement with prosecutors last week.

He is scheduled to appear before a judge Friday for a change-of-plea hearing.

Paculis of Newfield, N.Y., pleaded not guilty to the accusations last month.

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