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Originally posted 06/26/2013 08:45AM
Saying she "committed a sin" with her racial remark and did something she deeply regrets, Paula Deen broke down in tears on national television Wednesday, making her delayed appearance on Today after she pulled out at the last minute from a scheduled interview on the NBC show last Friday.
In the course of her 13-minute interview, Deen, repeatedly stating she believes "everyone created on God's earth is created equal … that's the way I was raised and that's the way I live my life," said, "I've had wonderful support from Rev. [Jesse] Jackson, and I tell ya what: If there's anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you are out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at me that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you … I is what I is, and I'm not changing."
Originally posted 06/26/2013 08:00AM
First, an explosive deposition emerged in which Paula Deen admitted to uttering the N-word. Then Deen fumbled not one, but three awkward apology videos.
Finally, after Food Network announced they were axing one of their biggest stars, the Queen of Southern Food decided on a different crisis strategy: Silence.
Lately, however, the one person Deen seems to hurt most is herself.
Holed up over the weekend at home in Savannah, Ga., with husband Michael Groover and her sons Jamie and Bobby, Deen, 66, "is beyond devastated," a producer friend tells PEOPLE in this week's cover story.
Originally posted 06/25/2013 11:15AM
Paula Deen's sons Bobby and Jamie have leaped to their mother's defense in her racial-slur scandal, saying she's a good person who's being unjustly maligned.
"That word, that horrifying, terrible word that exists and I abhor it coming from any person ... we weren't raised in a home where that word was used," Bobby Deen told CNN's New Day program on Tuesday – referring to the N-word, which Paula Deen has admitted in a legal deposition to having used in the past.
"Neither one of our parents ever taught us to be bigoted toward any other person for any reason," he added. "Our mother is one of the most compassionate, good-hearted, empathetic people that you'd ever meet. These accusations are very hurtful to her, and it's very sad."
Originally posted 06/24/2013 03:30PM
Paula Deen's racial slur scandal is costing her an endorsement deal with Smithfield, the pork company that sold a ham with her name and face on it.
"Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind," Smithfield says in a statement. "Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen. Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned."
Deen's deal with Smithfield was announced in September 2006.
Originally posted 06/24/2013 06:00AM
On the menu this weekend: plenty of drama, hold the butter.
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Originally posted 06/23/2013 05:00PM
Another serving of drama may be coming for Paula Deen, who could lose more deals on the heels of her firing from the Food Network.
A representative for the shopping network QVC, which sells her cookware, released a statement Sunday to PEOPLE that expressed "concerns [over] the unfortunate Paula Deen situation," adding, "QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior."
Following the celebrity chef's admission that she used a racial slur in the past, the network is "closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation," continues the representative's statement, which was first reported by TMZ. "We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC."
Originally posted 06/22/2013 10:30AM
Embattled celebrity cook Paula Deen issued a statement thanking the Food Network for 11 "great years" less than 24 hours after the cable channel announced it was dropping its longtime star following her admission that she used a racial slur in the past.
"I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories," Deen, 66, said in a statement released to PEOPLE. "This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya'll."
Originally posted 06/21/2013 04:50PM
Originally posted 06/21/2013 09:10AM
Days after it was revealed that she admitted to using the N-word in the past, Paula Deen canceled at the last minute a live TV interview with Today's Matt Lauer.
The southern cook, 66, had been scheduled to appear on Friday's broadcast to discuss her admission under oath in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit that she has used racial epithets.
But, according to Lauer, Deen's rep contacted the show moments before she was set to appear live and told producers that she is "exhausted" after flying into New York overnight and would not be showing up at the studio.
"We had planned to have an exclusive live interview with Paula Deen this morning," Lauer announced on-air Friday. "We spoke several times with her people yesterday and then I spoke with Paula yesterday afternoon. We arranged an interview this morning. We agreed there would be no restrictions to that interview only that it would be an open and candid exchange."
Originally posted 06/20/2013 02:25PM
Paula Deen is again defending herself after an admission went public this week about her past use of the N-word.
The celebrity chef has come under fire after a newly filed deposition revealed that she used the widely condemned racial slur years earlier.
On Wednesday, her lawyer released a statement that said the 66-year-old Food Network star "does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable." A day later, Paula Deen Enterprises released a new statement echoing that position.
"During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today," reads the statement given to PEOPLE.
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