04:55 AM EDT 03/19/2015
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.
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