Paula Deen – ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 21 Contestant

Paula Deen

Paula Deen had a weight-loss of 40 pounds, was in the middle of a racism scandal and lost many of her sponsorships. Now she's a contestant on season 21 of Dancing With the Stars, hoping to start anew. While many know her for her restaurants, her recipes, and her furniture, maybe they'll now know her for her dance moves. But, will Paula Deen be able to get the votes? Many turned their backs on the cook after she was reported as using the n-word. Despite her public apology, she continued to lose supporters. Deen has also been in the media when it comes to her longtime marriage to husband Michael Groover. Page Six speculated that Deen may have been planning to divorce Groover, but her rep assured the news source that: These rumors are completely false — they have a wonderful marriage. This deed of gift was just a part of Paula’s estate-planning process. Her new cookbook, ‘Paula Deen Cuts the Fat,’ comes out on Sept. 8 and is dedicated to her husband, Michael. For more information on Paula Deen as she competes on Dancing With the Stars opposite pro partner Louis Van Amstel, click through our gallery of her best photos. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)