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Paula Deen Shocked Her Ancestors Owned Slaves

Paula Deen Shocked Her Ancestors Owned Slaves

Plus, other reveals in NBC's 'Who Do You Think You Are?' series

Paula Deen gets a lot of flak for her Southern cooking, especially from Anthony Bourdain, but Who Do You Think You Are took an in-depth look at her Georgia roots and her ancestors.

The full episode below, available online for a limited time, is some 40 minutes long. Paula Deen heads back to Albany, Ga.

She traces her ancestry to John Batts, her great-great-great grandfather, who was apparently a politician, plantation owner, and slave-owner.

She finds out John Batts owned slaves, a revelation at 15 minutes in. "I almost feel like somebody took a bucket of cold water and threw it in my face," Deen says. "If I could go back and talk to him I would do everything in my power to convince him not to participate in the heinous act of slavery."

Watch below as she learns about what happened to her ancestors in the Civil War, and where they went during the Reconstruction.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.


The Untold Truth Of Paula Deen

Once most known as the queen of Southern cuisine, Paula Deen was that cheery home chef with the perpetually wide baby blue eyes and white bouffant hair that made you feel A-ok about making your family a casserole that included two sticks of butter and a brick of cream cheese. With a slew of cookbooks, television programs, product lines, and endorsement deals for everything from furniture to pharmaceuticals, it seemed there was no stopping the diva with a drawl from taking over not just the South, but the rest of the world too.

The Deen scandal of 2013 saw that rapid rise to fame deflate quicker than a falling cheesecake. And while you may be familiar with the allegations and admissions that caused the Deen empire to crumble, you may not know everything about what it took to build that empire, who it destroyed in the process, and exactly how many crumbs are left over.