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Paula Deen

Food Network Gives Her

THE AX

6/21/2013 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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5:10 PM PT -- Paula has just released a statement, thanking the Food Network for 11 "great years." She said, "Because of the gift the Food Network gave me, I've had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country."

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Paula Deen
's goose has been cooked at the Food Network.  Officials tell TMZ they are not renewing her contract, which expires at the end of this month.

Paula apparently was done in for her comments during a deposition in a civil lawsuit, in which she freely admitted to using the N-word in the past.

Deen issued an apology this morning that bordered on ridiculous -- it was heavily edited and frankly insincere.

She issued a second apology shortly before the Food Network said it would not renew her contract.

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106.

Lady JaJa    

I see an in-depth interview by Oprah a-coming, y'all!

453 days ago
107.

dina    

OK Racists, Please take note, you have to now be racist in private or there may be consequences.
It is too bad she's been canned for what many people do.

453 days ago
108.

Jordan    

Paula should have settled her Million dollar Lawsuit and she never would be going through all of this!!!!!

453 days ago
109.

pam    

WHO says she doesn't use it anymore.....i have NEVER cared for Paula Dean... she always seemed so FAKE on tv and how she ate was like a PIG...she would cram so much in her mouth...talk like a southern gal....and have no respect for anybody...really happy that food tv really monitors their chefs and makes the right decision.....she is nothing but a FAT pig that deserves everything she had coming to her...so sorry the croc tears aren't working....go back to running ur restaurant with ur boys and forget about tv anymore....unfortunately this was ur own dimise!!!! NOT GONNA MISS U AT ALL!!!!!!!

453 days ago
110.

Richard    

She's being blatantly honest and yes, she was under oath to tell the truth. Who in the English speaking world hasn't used the N word, or any other slang word to describe another ethnic group? NO ONE! If you say "you never have" I'll say you're a HUGE Liar !!! Yes, we all know these terms aren't politically acceptable, but they have been around for ages. In my experience, the "ones" being targeted are the worst and most frequent users of the slang terms about themselves and their immediate circle of friends or relatives. Paula may be brash, but she's being honest unlike most of her accusers.

453 days ago
111.

trish    

This is just stupid. Black people say it EVERYDAY. Last I heard this is America. It's a WORD. Just get over it. I'm so sick of this kind of crap. Let's start hounding black people every time they say it. OMG, this is just such a waste of time. White people are the one's who are so judged all of the time. We are creating a society of tip toeing around anyone who isn't white. Knock it off. Start listening to how racist blacks are...they are the worst of the worst as far as that goes. This is all just so idiotic.

453 days ago
112.

Backgammon    

Didn't this happen 20 years ago? Have we gotten so PC that even an apology isn't good enough?
I don't care about Deen one way or another but this seems a little stiff for a small slight. I hear blacks calling each other the N word ALL the time. So would tha be racist?

453 days ago
113.

ROTTIE    

Over-reaction my ass! Paula Deen is a PUBLIC FIGURE, Food Network keeping her on that show sends a signal that, that sht is CONDONED. This is a message to all them leopard spotted wrinkled skinned old white mthfkrs over 50 who are walking around holding on to that racist slavery sht. America IS gradually turning away from that bullsht.

453 days ago
114.

lollypopicecream    

Paula they can call those n words to each other but when we call them they go nuts. I am so sorry you have to deal with it. You even brought the Neelys from Memphis and they are Black and very nice people. I hate this for you and they dropped your show. You are a strong woman and will keep on going.

453 days ago
115.

carolmiller    

Give me a break ******S !!!!! Always Over reacting to A word they use every day. How ever , it is double standards in their way of life. I have friends of EVERY race. Look up the word people and actually learn the real meaning of the word NOT the meaning they want it to mean.

453 days ago
116.

Pete    

Aw comeon! Cook up a big ol' batch of ribs
for Barry and all gonna' be forgiven.

453 days ago
117.

bob    

SCREW all the PC people !

453 days ago
118.

Sharon    

This is simply insane!!!!! She is an inspiration and food network should realize this!

453 days ago
119.

Chris    

Really, the politically correct douche bags fired someone for something they said 28 years ago (before their company existed). smh

453 days ago
120.

Detective. LaToya    

Wonderful news! For those who say it's an overreaction-I THINK NOT! She probably has some "moral clause" in her contract AND she didn't apologize until the media lit a fire under her and Food Network! BYE BYE PORKY!

453 days ago
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