Paula Deen, the queen of Southern cooking on the Food Network, was dropped by the network on Friday.
Paula Deen failed to show up for an interview on the “Today” this morning, but later posted two videos online begging for forgiveness for making racist comments.
The Food Network confirmed today that they would not be renewing her contract, which ends at the end of this month.
The news came just after Deen released a video statement apologizing for using using racial slurs, on the same day that Deen backed out of a scheduled appearance on the “Today” show about the controversy.
In her first video on Friday, posted on YouTube and later removed, an emotional Paula Deen stated, “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”
The video was yanked from her official YouTube channel and a less polished and edited version was then posted.
In a longer video posted later today, Paula Deen stated, “Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter. I was wrong, yes, I’ve worked hard, and I have made mistakes, but that is no excuse and I offer my sincere apology to those that I have hurt, and I hope that you forgive me because this comes from the deepest part of my heart.”
Deen, 66, and her brother Bubba Hiers were sued by former employee Lisa Jackson for sexual harassment and a hostile work environment at Deen and Hiers’ restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.
In her deposition, Paula admitted using racial slurs in the past, but that she and her family were not racist.
She said, “Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is or what gender a person is, she said. “It’s what’s in your heart and in your head that matters to us.”
She also stated that “most jokes” are about Jews, gay people, black people and rednecks.
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“I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person,” she said.