After two apologies for admitting that she used the N-word and cracking racist jokes at her Savannah restaurant, the Food Network has let go of the famous butter queen cook Paula Deen.
Paula Deen has been faced with this scandal since she admitted in a deposition for a $1.2 million discrimination trial that she had “of course” used the N-word in the past. In the deposition she said: “It’s just what they are — they’re jokes … most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks … gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don’t know — I just don’t know what to say.” Adding: “I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.”
The news comes just after Paula Deen canceled an appearance on “Today.” She then issues a formal video statement, which was criticized for being heavily edited and insincere. She then issued a second apology just before the Food Network said it would not renew her contract.
The video, which was posted on YouTube, saw the 66-year-old celebrity chef saying: “I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong I have done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”
After the second apology, it was announced that Food Network big bosses are not renewing her contract, which expires at the end of this month.
Paula released a statement, thanking the Food Network for 11 “great years.” She said, “Because of the gift the Food Network gave me, I’ve had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country.”
Forbes estimated Deen’s wealth at $17 million. Network sources said she was paid between $10,000 and $20,000 for each episode of her various shows.
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