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Paula Deen Is Back, As She Announces 20-Show Summer Tour

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 in New York. Dean recently announced that she has diabetes. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Everyone's favorite controversial celebrity chef is back with a 20-show tour this summer. It's Paula Deen Live y'all!

While tickets go on sale this Thursday, May 1, the tour will kick off a little over a month and half later on June 21 in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Deen has already assured fans that the tour will include "musical chairs and the dating game," with guest appearances from her husband Michael. Fans will also have the opportunity to get on stage with Paula to help cook famous dishes and partake in her "all-time favorite parlor games." We're sure that her sons, Jamie and Bobby, will make the rounds and surprise audiences at a few of her larger stops like Atlanta, Savannah, San Antonio and Nashville.

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Deen, who battled a racism scandal last year, has had somewhat of an easy time bouncing back to the top of the celebrity chef pile. She recently raised over $100 million in funding for her latest ventures, and is set to open a new restaurant later this year -- "Paula Deen's Family Kitchen," where she'll kick off her tour. As Deen told Short Order, she wanted to get back on tour to see the people that love her the most -- her fans. "When I step out onstage, it's the most amazing feeling, y'all. I feel so alive when I walk on that stage, and I love that kind of adrenaline rush. By going on tour, I can see all my amazing fans in different cities across the United States."

Even though tickets do officially go on sale May 1st, you can buy pre-sale tickets for her first show in Tennessee on Ticketmaster now.

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