The Paula Deen 2014 Apology Tour continues. And this time she’s making a stop on Steve Harvey’s television show so Black people will know it’s real. According to a press release, Deen will make an appearance on Harvey’s talk show, where he will explain her new involvement with his mentoring camp. The episode will air on Oct. 2.
Harvey is allowing Deen and her team to teach culinary skills to boys from the Steve Harvey Mentoring Camp. Each year 100 fatherless boys attend Harvey’s camp in Dallas during Father’s Day weekend. During their stay the boys are taught principles of manhood and introduced to positive male role models.
“Paula and her team has agreed to take as many boys as I want to fly down to Savannah and teach them culinary skills,” Harvey says on the show. “That, to me, is how you get something from something. There has to be a good behind everything.”
Harvey also realizes that his actions may receive criticism from bloggers, so he has asked them to also write “that I don’t give a damn.”
Clearly Deen’s new PR team has been putting in that work. If you can’t get some couch time with Oprah on her OWN Network, then Steve Harvey is the next best thing at the moment for an “ex-racist” trying to turn her life around and get some of that positive press back and those funds and endorsements flowing again. And what better way to do it than helping fatherless boys, many of them who are probably African-American?
Love him or hate him, Steve Harvey is at the top of his game and his reach is great. Many have criticized Harvey’s decision to choose Deen instead of a Black chef. Fair. But this is business and Deen is working overtime on the road to redemption. Harvey could have declined the offer, but he didn’t. And apparently he doesn’t give a damn what you think about it.