4. TAKING THE HEAT
The controversy doesn't cool down and Deen is served another helping of drama as the Food Network announces plans to drop her after 11 years when her contract expires at the end of the month. She also loses her deals with Smithfield, the pork company that sold her signature ham, Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which operates Paula Deen's Kitchen restaurants in four of its casinos, and Wal-Mart, Target and Home Depot, which distribute her products. On June 27, diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk announces plans to suspend their partnership after initially standing by their spokesperson, and QVC, which sells her cookware, puts their relationship "on pause." The next day, JCPenney, Sears and Kmart also sever ties, and Random House announces that it has shelved plans to publish her cookbook, due out in October, and canceled their five-book contract.