Paula Deen's Husband Finalist in Hemingway Look-Alike Contest

Michael Groover, competing for the third time, was chosen as a finalist in the Key West contest.

Monday, Jul 22, 2013  |  Updated 10:36 AM CDT
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File: Actress Paula Deen (R) and husband Michael Anthony Groover arrive to the 34th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Hollywood & Highland Grand Ballroom on June 14, 2007 in Hollywood, California.

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The husband of television food personality Paula Deen is a finalist in an annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest in Key West, Fla.

Competing for the third time, Michael Groover was chosen with other stocky, white-bearded men Thursday night at Sloppy Joe's Bar, a frequent Hemingway hangout.

Although she was present last year, Deen was not seen at the first of two preliminary rounds of the competition. Groover offered an apology during his speech to the judges, saying she didn't make it, "but wanted to be here to support me." The audience responded with thunderous applause.

Deen has been embroiled in controversy after public disclosure of a deposition in which she admitted under oath to having used the N-word. The Food Network didn't renew Deen's contract and pulled her shows off the air.

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