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Paula Deen Splits from Longtime Agent | Paula Deen

Paula Deen Splits from Longtime Agent

Originally posted 07/05/2013 07:00AM

Paula Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.

Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade. She has said he was instrumental in getting her show "Paula's Home Cooking" on the Food Network in 2002. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement.

"Paula Deen has separated from her agent," Deen's spokeswoman, Elana Weiss, said in an email Thursday. "She and her family thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years."

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Jessica Simpson Gives Birth, Paula Deen Parties & More Mama Drama from the Weekend | Lady Gaga, Paula Deen

What You Missed Over The Weekend

UpdatePosted 07/01/2013 08:00AM

Jessica Simpson Gives Birth, Paula Deen Parties, & More from the Weekend

Originally posted 07/01/2013 06:00AM

Sometimes the best weekends are a total snooze.

Here are five things you might have missed this weekend if you, too, were catching up on your zzz's.:

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Paula Deen Takes a Break from Scandal to Celebrate Son's Birthday | Paula Deen

Paula Deen Takes a Break from Scandal to Celebrate Son Jamie's Birthday

Originally posted 06/29/2013 09:55PM

Paula Deen might be experiencing the worst month of her career, but that didn't stop this Southern mama from celebrating her firstborn's birthday.

The struggling celebrity cook, who has watched her edible empire crumble this month following her admission that she used a racial slur multiple times in her past, took a break from the scandal Friday for some family time.

"Looking forward to some quality family time in honor of @jamie_deen's birthday. Have a blessed birthday, son!" she Tweeted, and included a link to a recipe for Jamie's Coconut Cake.

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Will Paula Deen Lose it All?

Paula Deen in Crisis

Originally posted 06/29/2013 02:30PM

Last Sunday Paula Deen was able to carve out a brief moment of joy, celebrating the christening of her stepdaughter's baby girl near the Savannah home she shares with husband Michael Groover.

"The subject of the sermon was stand strong. She felt like it was a message," says a source close to the family. During the service, "when Paula went to pray with the minister, he said, 'We're behind you,'" adds a Deen pal. "She got emotional."

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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.

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POLL: Can Paula Deen Recover from Her Racial Scandal? | Paula Deen

Paula Deen's Racial Scandal: Can She Recover?

Originally posted 06/28/2013 02:45PM

Her fall has been swift, brutal and unrelenting.

Within a matter of days, Paula Deen, the queen of southern cooking, has found herself to be persona non grata at many of the companies who once enthusiastically sold her wares and reveled in her endorsements – after she admitted to using a racial slur in the past.

The Food Network, Walmart, Target, Smithfield Foods and now Sears are among the companies that have severed ties with the cook, author and TV host. Other marketers, like Novo Nordisk and QVC, are pausing their involvement with her.

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Paula Deen Dropped by Target & On 'Pause' at QVC While Fans Show Support | Paula Deen

UpdatePosted 06/27/2013 05:15PM

Paula Deen Dropped by Target & On 'Pause' at QVC While Fans Show Support

Originally posted 06/27/2013 12:45PM

While businesses continue to bail on Paula Deen in light of the racial controversy that is damaging her reputation as the Queen of Southern Cooking, fans are showing that she is not alone in this fight.

Based on an earlier Forbes story published Thursday morning, PEOPLE reported Deen had been dropped from the Novo Nordisk deal that caused a stir last year when she announced that she had ben living with Type 2 diabetes for three years – but a spokesperson for the global healthcare company says that simply isn't true.

"It's too early to suggest what we will wind up doing but we have not dropped Paula Deen," the spokesperson said. "We just felt the recent controversy affected her ability to help manage and work towards our mission which is around changing diabetes. It's unclear what effect this controversy will have on users of the diabetes drug."

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Paula Deen Loses Another Two Business Deals | Paula Deen

Paula Deen's Kitchen Restaurants Closing in Caesars' Casinos as Wal-Mart Severs Relationship

Originally posted 06/26/2013 03:00PM

Despite her teary interview on Today and her recent apology for using a racial slur in the past, more of Paula Deen's business deals have unraveled.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which operates as her restaurant, Paula Deen's Kitchen, in four of its casinos in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Mississippi, announced Wednesday they are ending their relationship with the 66-year-old cook.

"While we appreciate Paula's sincere apologies for statements she made in her past that she recently disclosed during a deposition given in response to a lawsuit, after thoughtful consideration of their impact, we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government affairs for Caesars Entertainment.

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Paula Deen Breaks Down on Today: 'I've Committed a Sin' | Paula Deen

Paula Deen: 'I've Committed a Sin'

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."

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COVER STORY: Paula Deen Is 'Beyond Devastated,' Says a Friend

Paula Deen: Inside Her Career Meltdown

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.

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