Food Network Fires Paula Deen, Unmoved by Video Apology
The Food Network has decided to sever its ties with Paula Deen days after a leaked deposition revealed the celebrity chef's use of racial slurs.
"Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," a spokesperson for the network said in a statement obtained by TVGuide.com.
The Food Network news comes just hours after Deen canceled an appearance on Today at the last minute and instead posted two videotaped apologies on YouTube, the first of which has since been removed.
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"I wanna 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 says in the first bizarrely edited video, which can be seen here. "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've made."
Soon after the video went viral, it was removed only to be replaced by a different video later. In that one, seen below, she explains that she was "physically not able" to show up for her interview with Matt Lauer. "The pain has been tremendous that I have caused to myself and to others and so I'm pulling myself together until I'm able to speak to offer an apology to those I have hurt."
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In the leaked deposition, which stems from a $1.2 million discrimination lawsuit filed against Deen and her brother by one of her former employees, Deen admits to using the N-word several times and that when planning a Plantation-style wedding, she wanted black waiters to play the role of slaves.
Deen has appeared on the Food Network since 2002, and hosts two shows: Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes.
Watch the full second apology here:
Will you miss seeing Deen on the Food Network? Do you think the channel made the right call?