Fired, Dumped, Dismissed, Drops whatever word you would like to use to associate the new relationship between “The Food Network” and Paula Deen.
According to THE WRAP The Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month, Paula recently stated admission in a deposition that she has used the N-word in the past, and that she once wanted to plan a “plantation”-style wedding for her brother. N-Word and other racist jokes, not just targeting blacks but from Jews, rednecks and anything they thought were funny in the work place.
The decision came soon after Deen released a videotaped statement Friday in which she apologized “for the wrong that I’ve done.”
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable,” Deen said in the video. “I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners — I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I made.”
Deen, 66, and her brother are being sued by a former employee at their Savannah, Ga., restaurant who claims Deen’s brother subjected her to sexist, racist and violent behavior. She accused Deen of using the N word as recently as in 2007, while discussing an idea for a “plantation”-style wedding.
Deen denied using the word then, but conceded that she has used it in the past: Once to refer to a man who held her at gunpoint, and to recount conversations between African-Americans who used the word.
But she said in the deposition that times have changed and she no longer uses the word. Her representatives said in a statement Thursday that her use of it in the past was the result of growing up in the South 60 years ago. Deen followed that statement with her videotaped apology.