Approaching a year since Food Network pulled the plug on her TV show, Paula Deen plans to hit the road this summer to cook live for fans.
Paula Deen Ventures, a new company formed to help launch a comeback for the celebrity cook, announced Monday that she’s booking 20 shows in cities across the U.S. starting in June. It says the 90-minute Paula Deen Live! shows will feature a mix of cooking demonstrations, games with audience members and personal stories.
The tour kicks off in June, a year after Deen’s admission under oath that she had used racial slurs in the past became public.
Only five cities on Deen’s tour schedule have been announced so far, and all of them are located in her Southern comfort zone.
Spouses on tour
Beyoncé and husband Jay Z will launch the co-headlining On the Run Tour on June 25 in Miami.
Beyoncé made the announcement Monday. The stadium tour will visit cities including Cincinnati and Chicago. It wraps Aug. 5.
Tickets go on sale Friday. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today.
‘Woman’ takes lead
The top five movies from the weekend box office:
1. The Other Woman, $24.8 million
2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier, $16.2 million
3. Heaven is for Real, $14.4 million
4. Rio 2, $13.9 million
5. Brick Mansions, $9.5 million
Among celebrity birthdays today: Bluesman Otis Rush is 89. Singer Duane Allen is 71. Singer Tommy James is 67. Bassist Wayne Secrest is 64. Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is 60. Actress Kate Mulgrew is 59. Actor Daniel Day-Lewis is 57. Actress Michelle Pfeiffer is 56. Singer Carnie Wilson is 46. Actress Uma Thurman is 44. Rapper Master P is 44. Singer Erica Campbell is 42. Actress Megan Boone is 31.