Friday, June 21, 2013

Food Network decides against Paula Deen renewal; celebrity chef botches a video apology for 'n word' use

Her goose is cooked. The Food Network axed celebrity chef Paula Deen on Friday, with revelations over her use of the "n-word" the most likely final straw.

News of her firing came the same day that Deen issued not one, but two separate video apologies. TMZ called the first of the two apologies "an apology produced by committee" that "strung a bunch of words together that make Deen look pathetic." Deen later removed the apology from her YouTube channel, replacing it with the one below.

That one was better received, and the blurb attached to the video said:
After spending all day soul searching and trying to figure out how to deal with what I did, I recorded a video trying to do the right thing. In the end, Ifelt that I needed to just be myself, say I am sorry and beg for frogiveness (sic).

What said was wrong and hurtful. I know that and will do everything that I can do make it right. I am not about hate, and I will devote myself to showing my family, friends and fans how to live a life helping others, lifting us all up, and spreading love.

For those who missed it, Deen admitted in a deposition that she used the "n word." She also admitted loving the presentation at a restaurant where:
The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.

I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War ... It was not only black men, it was black women ... I would say they were slaves.
Deen's contract was due up for renewal at the end of this month. Officials at the Food Network simply decided to not renew it, it was reported.

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