Is Paula Deen’s butter-soaked marriage about to end in a deep-fried divorce?


If you ever watched Paula Deen’s butter-soaked show on The Food Network back in the day, you’re probably somewhat familiar with her current husband, Michael. Paula was widowed divorced when she was very young and when her sons Bobby and Jamie were just little kids. She built her business over the years and decades, then she met a quiet, Santa Claus-looking dude (Michael) and they married 11 years ago. Well, Paula might be crying buttery tears these days because not only is she still being described as “scandal-plagued” and “racist” (hello, brownface!), but now it seems like her marriage has fallen apart. Oil up and deep fry a good divorce lawyer!

Scandal-plagued celebrity chef Paula Deen has sparked rumors that she may be secretly cooking up a divorce settlement with her husband of 11 years after quietly handing over the deed to a million-dollar home to him. According to documents filed in Georgia earlier this year, Southern cooking queen Deen, 68, granted her husband, Michael Groover, the deed to their three-bedroom, three-bathroom, 5,646-square-foot Savannah, Ga., mansion worth an estimated $1.3 million.

Deen and white-bearded tugboat driver Groover originally purchased the home back in 2004 — the same year the two were married — for an undisclosed amount. The house has been the location for the filming of her show. The documents filed by Deen earlier this year state the transfer is a “deed of gift” to Groover and that she is handing over all her rights to the home “for and in consideration of her natural love and affection for her husband.”

Deen — whose cooking empire crumbled when she was fired from the Food Network after she admitted to using a racial slur in 2013 — and her husband have battled divorce rumors over the past few years. Reports have claimed she was close to leaving Groover after discovering he had an alleged affair with a “sexy, middle-aged brunette,” which he strongly denied. Now insiders speculate the deed transfer could be part of a private divorce settlement.

But a spokesman for Deen said, “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.” A source added the couple was recently seen slow dancing all night at the opening of Deen’s new restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The home that Paula gave to her husband isn’t the only property she owns — she still has her sprawling, eight-bedroom, 8 ¹/₂-bath, 28,000-square-foot “Riverbend” estate, also located in Savannah, worth more than $4 million.

[From Page Six]

My guess is that their marriage probably is struggling AND that the “gift” of the house was probably some sort of tax scheme or, as she says, estate-planning thing. Michael has never really seemed all that engaged with Paula’s now-struggling empire and I actually believe he’s not really in it for the money or anything. I think he just wants some peace and quiet – that’s how he always seemed when he would make appearances on her show.


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  1. ummmm says:

    ‘I cant believe it’s not forever!’

  2. MeeMow says:

    Best headline in awhile. Thanks Kaiser!

  3. Miffy says:

    Fun fact: I’d never heard of or seen Paula Deen til we went on vacation to New York from Ireland 5 years ago. She appeared on some food ad and my boyfriend goes, ‘Why is that demon wearing a fat human trying to sell us butter?!’ It’s all I can see now.

  4. the.princess.leia says:

    “Her new cookbook, ‘Paula Deen Cuts the Fat,’ comes out on Sept. 8 and is dedicated to her husband, Michael.”

    So she’s announcing her divorce on September 8th?

  5. kri says:

    Their marriage isn’t over. Santa just has to get back to the North Pole to get started on his christmas orders. They both look drunk and demented.

  6. lassie says:

    Hmm. I thought the scam with Paula was that her first husband left her and she had to struggle valiantly to provide for her sons. I didn’t realize that she was widowed. Technically, I guess that was true….

    When she was on Food Network, I never had a problem with PD’s husband, he seemed innocuous. Those two sons, however, oozed sleaziness.

    • Christin says:

      My recollection is that she was divorced with two young sons and had agoraphobia. She supposedly started preparing and selling bagged lunches as The Bag Lady to make ends meet.

      Or so that is what was told when she first became well known.

      • Mixtape says:

        First husband was on one of her shows I saw a million years ago. It was some sort of “live” special about entertaining and Santa husband was there, some couple who are her lifelong friends were there, and ex-hubs and his wife were there, apparently to provide some fun memories while she cooked. The whole team was game, including new wife, but first hubs sat there silent looking like he wanted to die the whole time.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        the scam was that she told everyone she was divorced and trying to make ends meet when she started “the Bag Lady.” In reality, she was divorced and her ex-husband helped finance the start of her business and was never the absentee father she made him out to be. The ex showed up on Jamie Deen’s show.

      • Christin says:

        Wow — I never knew the first husband appeared on TV.

        For whatever reason, I never thought she was 100 percent genuine, so it’s not surprising how he was painted.

        I really hate to even go here, but perhaps someone can provide an opinion on the agoraphobia story she gave. It always amazes me that she was supposedly so affected for many years, yet chose and succeeded in very public, dynamic business ventures. I don’t mean to offend anyone with this comment; it just seemed incredible that she did that.

        Bottom line, I thought she seemed a bit over the top and may have significantly embellished elements of her background story.

  7. Kiddo says:

    The headline that I imagined, based on the photo:
    “Santa and Mrs Claus returned from a fiendish weekend-long bender-binge with Crest Whitestrips”

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      Lol, yeah, the gleam is somewhat startling, isn’t it?

      • Kiddo says:

        YES! I think Mrs Claus also doused herself with copious amounts of Visine and intravenous caffeine. There’s no other explanation for the dazzling crazy eyes.

    • Katy says:

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! Your comment cracked me up Kiddo!!

  8. TessD says:

    All I can think of when looking at them is “people look better in clothes.”

  9. JudyK says:

    Correction, Kaiser. Paula Deen was NEVER widowed. Her ex-husband and father of the two Deen boys, Jimmy Deen, was diagnosed with throat cancer not that long ago. As far as I know, he’s still living. They’ve been divorced for a very long time.

    • CS(g)E says:

      Jimmy Deen (sp?) ?!??? That’s hilariously ironic right? Isn’t that a brand of sausage?

  10. Mjo says:

    She was not a widow. She divorced her first husband in 1989.

  11. Huh says:

    I often disagree with you, Kaiser, but you sure know how to write a headline.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I used to live and work in Savannah, GA where the Deans live. It’s a much smaller town than people realize, and due to where I worked, I had quite a few run ins with this family. Michael was sweeter than can be. A very nice, calm, and low key man. He seemed to genuinely care about Paula and not be into the fame at all. Paula on the other hand, was crass, rude, and full of herself. This was before her empire fell and she was very proud of herself for what she’d built. And she knew she had diabetes and other health problems looooooong before she announced her partnership with the diabetes drug company.

  13. Kaiser says:

    My bad about her first husband, I thought he died!

    • Kiddo says:

      Go to your room!

    • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

      I thought he died, too. I think she sold herself originally as poor widow who lived in her car until she pulled herself up by her bootstraps. Maybe she didn’t say widow, but that’s the impression I got, too.

      • Kiddo says:

        I heard she lived in a butter igloo on the outskirts of town, selling trinkets of unicorn dust, along the railroad tracks, to weary hobo travelers.

        Anyway, that’s what Judi Dench said, and I believe her.

      • Chrissy says:

        LOL! But wouldn’t butter melt in that hot Savannah sun?

      • Kiddo says:

        It was kept frozen by her ice cool minty fresh breath.

      • GoodNamesAllTaken says:

        Omg, I just saw this – Kiddo you are the utmost

  14. NewWester says:

    Paula Deen should really team up with a toothpaste or teeth whitening company. Her teeth are blinding white!

    • Mixtape says:

      Pretty sure they’re dentures.

      • Danskins says:

        Between the hilarious headline and commentary, my stomach hurts from laughing so much already
        🙂 and every time I see her smile in the top pic, it reminds of that Friends episode with Ross’ “insanely white” teeth lol

  15. CatJ says:

    I Love her hair, even though I don’t like her (cringe). Is that a wig?

  16. S says:

    It looks like white beams are about to explode out of their mouths.
    So Hollywood.