The Paula Deen comeback narrative begins: Deen was in Houston over the weekend for the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show — it was her first public appearance since her empire crumbled in the wake of her now-settled discrimination lawsuit. According to a report in the Houston Chronicle, the crowd was nothing less than rapturous when Deen emerged, giving the celeb chef a standing ovation that brought Deen to tears. "These are tears of joy, y'all," she said. As one fan told the Chronicle, "We wanted to step it up because she's had a rough year." See it for yourself in the video, straight ahead.