Jumat, 21 Juni 2013

Paula Deen fired from Food Network despite video statement apologizing for ...

Sorry Paula Deen. No amount of butter is going to fix this.

The celebrity chef was fired by Food Network on Friday executives confirmed to the Daily News.

YouTube Paula Deen gave a video statement Friday to address her racism scandal.

Officials at the channel elected not to renew her contract which expires at the end of the month.

The news came just after Deen released a video statement giving her mea culpa for using racial slurs on the same day that Deen backed out of a scheduled appearance on the Today show about the controversy.

Melanie Dunea for PEOPLE Paula Deen photographed at home in Savannah Ga. Deen became a household name with 'Paula's Home Cooking' on Food Network.


Deen's choice of words became a public scandal earlier in the week when the star admitted during a discrimination trial that she had of course used the N word in the past.

Michael Roman/WireImage Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers attend Paula Deen's Kitchen grand opening at Chicago Harrah's Joliet Casino and Hotel in Chicago.

I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done Deen said. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate hurtful language is totally totally unacceptable.

I've made plenty of mistakes along the way but I beg you for your forgiveness Deen continued. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made.

Paula_Deen via Twitter 'Paula Deen prepares to issue a video statement about her racism scandal on June 21 2013.

Shortly after Deen posted the announcement the video was yanked from her official YouTube channel. A different less polished and edited version then surfaced.


Food Network Paula Deen hosting 'Paula's Home Cooking.' Food Network elected not to renew Deen's contract over the controversy sparked by her choice of words.

In the second video Deen addressed her cancellation on 'Today.'

I have to say I was physically not able this morning Deen said. The pain has been tremendous.

NBC NewsWire/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images Deen issued a video apology about her use of racial slurs just after unexpectedly canceling an appearance on the 'Today' show.

I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is trying to say we are Deen continued.

Deen 66 and her brother Bubba Hiers were sued by former employee Lisa Jackson who alleged sexual harassment and a hostile work environment at Deen and Hiers' restaurant Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House.

Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images 'I beg for your forgiveness ' Deen said in her statement.


In the deposition on May 17 the Queen of Southern cooking was asked if she had ever used the N word.

Yes of course Deen replied.

When asked to give an example of the last time she used the epithet Deen referred back to an incident in 1986 when she was held at gunpoint.

Well it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head she said.

Things have changed since the '60s in the South Deen later clarified. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.

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