08:20 AM EDT 12/22/2014

Add PEOPLE News

Random House

Credit: Timothy Hiatt/Getty
Paula Deen Loses Five-Book Deal Despite Support from Fans | Paula Deen

Paula Deen Loses Five-Book Deal Despite Support from Fans

Originally posted 06/29/2013 08:50AM

Paula Deen's horrible month just got worse.

On Friday, Ballantine Books announced it would not publish her latest cookbook that was slated to be released in October. The book already hit No. 1 one on the Amazon bestseller list Thursday, months before its release, after furious fans rallied to the defense of the embattled celebrity cook.

Deen, 66, has watched her lucrative endorsement deals slip away this month after she admitted to using a racial slur in the past.

"After careful consideration, Ballantine Books has made the difficult decision to cancel the publication of Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, the publisher, a division of Random House, said in statement to PEOPLE.

Read More

From Our Partners