Paula Deen- y’er otta here! An apology by Paula Deen apparently wasn’t enough, and The Food Network has announced that they will not be renewing her contract at the end of June when it expires. The announcement came as Deen was a no-show on “Today”.
Deen has, in recent days, been in trouble as it came to light that she was prone to using racial epithets, and joked about wanting a slave-themed restaurant.
Deen took to YouTube to beg for forgiveness, but after two scandals, it may have been too little, too late. Deen got into hot water not long ago for hiding the fact that she has diabetes even as she continued to push fat and sugar laden foods on the public. That revelation did earn her sons a contract with Food Network’s sister network, Cooking Channel. Her sons revamps her old recipes to make them healthier. However, many have criticized her for profiting off of her disorder.
Jamie and Bobby Deen’s shows will not be affected.
A tearful Deen took to YouTube to say “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.”
In the longer version, Deen says “Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter,” adding “ 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 has been trading on a folksy sort of Southern charm for some time, even though that can be grating to some people.
When Deen failed to show up on Today, Matt Lauer was not exactly happy. He wrote on Twitter “We just found out she’s a no-show. Hoping to get more info on the Paula Deen situation soon. Very confusing.”
No word yet if other parts of her little culinary empire will be affected. Deen, 66, serves as the spokeswoman for Philadelphia Cream Cheese and Smithfield Foods. She has a magazine “Cooking with Paula Deen” that has a circulation of nearly 1 million.
This all started after a lawsuit was filed by Lisa T. Jackson, the general manager of Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House. Deen owns the restaurant with her brother Earl “Bubba” Hiers. Jackson, who is of Sicilian ancestry, has a swarthy appearance. She alleges that she suffered from racial prejudice in the restaurant despite being White. Jackson made numerous allegations of racism, sexism, and other issues that occurred at the restaurant, and that Deen and Hiers did nothing to remedy them.
In a deposition related to the lawsuit brought by Jackson, Deen admitted to using racial epithets in the past, and making racial jokes even though she adamantly said she does not tolerate racism and her family does not tolerate prejudice. She said “Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is. . .It’s what’s in your heart and in your head that matters to us.” She claimed that she “mostly jokes” about Jews, gays, black people, and ‘rednecks’. She said “I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.”
Well, those racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic jokes got her backside fired form Food Network.