Paula Deen has been chopped.
In the throes of a racism scandal, the Southern chef was told her contract with Food Network would not be renewed when it expires at month’s end.
The news came right on the heels of a video mea culpa
—posted hours after she bailed out of going on “Today” for an interview—in which she asked forgiveness and rejected the way she has been depicted, despite her admissions that she had used racist slurs in certain contexts.
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Deen is facing a lawsuit from a former employee that claims the butter-loving chef engaged in “violent, racist, and sexist behavior.” Specifically, the suit alleges one incident in which Deen supposedly described her dream “Southern plantation wedding” using racial slurs and remarking about how she wanted black waiters to “tap dance around” like in the “Shirley Temple days.”
Talking Points Memo
posted the full transcript of a deposition that Deen gave last month in which the chef denied many of the claims against her. She admitted to describing the all-black-waitstaff wedding, though she denied using any slurs.
Deen did say she used the N-word when describing a man who had robbed a bank where she’d worked and when “repeating a conversation between blacks.”
Deen’s employers at Food Network have taken a wait-and-see approach to the case, issuing this statement Wednesday evening:
“Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
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A rep for Deen offered up a statement, too, as reported by Gawker
"Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”
The Twitter reaction to the news that Deen admitted to using the N-word was a mix of outrage and, of course, jokes. The blog ColorLines catalogued quite a few of the tweets that used the hashtag #PaulasBestDishes to mix racial hot buttons with recipes. Some of the joke foods included “Brownies vs. The Board of Education” and “Some-Of-My-Best-Friends-Are-Black-Eyed-Peas.”