Scoop: Paula Deen ready for new year

Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesCooking show host Paula Deen visits Fox & Friends Christmas Special at FOX Studios on December 6

Not surprisingly, Paula Deen is dang glad to see 2013 in her rearview mirror, y’all.

People magazine reports the disgraced Southern chef told a crowd at a Salvation Army gala in Georgia that she’s going to be “really, really happy” when it ends and 2014 begins.

“There may be something in that number 13,” she quipped.

It might just be a whole new chapter for her after all, because she is set to reunite with her former Food Network colleagues in February at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Is America ready to forgive and forget?

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QUICK TAKES

The Pixies added bassist Paz Lenchantin, who has worked with Queens of the Stone Age and A Perfect Circle, to replace Kim Deal.

Carrie Underwood tweeted her “Sound Of Music” haters: “Plain and simple: Mean people need Jesus.”

Mary-Kate Olsen, who has dated 44-year-old Frenchman Olivier Sarkozy for more than a year, reportedly has been shopping for an engagement ring in Los Angeles.

Meredith Baxter wed longtime girlfriend Nancy Locke on Sunday.

Susan Boyle announced she has been diagnosed with Asperger’s, something she finds a “relief.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actress Raven-Symoné (“That’s So Raven”) is 28.

Drummer Meg White of the White Stripes is 39.

Singer Ana Gabriel is 58.

Actress Susan Dey (“L.A. Law”) is 61.FeaturesFood NetworkGossipPaula Deen

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