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Paula Deen

Food Network Blames

Paula's Abysmal PR Team

6/22/2013 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0621-paula-deen-food-networkPaula Deen's PR team botched her n-word apology so badly ... the Food Network had no choice but to fire her, sources close to the network tell TMZ.

According to our sources, her management's clumsy damage control -- backing out of the Matt Lauer interview and releasing multiple lame mea culpas -- was the primary reason the Food Network pulled the plug on the celebrity chef.

We're told the apology videos were the last straw -- clinching the Food Network's decision to drop the ax on her. And if you've seen the videos, it's not a big shock. (Apology 1, Apology 2)

But the silver lining ... we're told Paula's son Bobby Deen will be spared ... his Food Network show "Not My Mama's Meals" won't be affected by his mama getting the boot.

Might want to rename it though.

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Jt    

Come on TMZ! Enough is enough!!!

397 days ago
167.

goaway    

Now that TMZ has gone sideways on Paula. What about someone stepping on the American Flag in June of 2013? Is that really OK? Why not challenge that move? Find that really offensive. Just saying.

397 days ago
168.

catherine    

Can't send this woman money fast enough, you politically correct hitlers who use the word nig when you feel like it have just freaking gone too far. We got rid of the RACIST KKK, put the nastiest Arab black in the White House AND I HAVE TO LISTEN TO JAMIE FOX LAUGH ABOUT PLAYING SOMEONE WHO KILLS ALL THE WHITES! I HAVE TO LISTEN TO PIG BLACK PANTHERS THREATEN TO KILL THE HISPANIC AND THE SANFORD! FL! POLICE CHIEF, enough racist blacks,

You have gone too far....

Only 11.875% black in AMerica, we are now bringing in 35 million illegal alien criminal invaders to stomp you boys out, strap in, YOUR DEMOCRAT MASTERS ARE DOING IT, and now I wish them well.....

397 days ago
169.

Gena    

First of all, when Black rappers or comedians use the “n” word, they are saying “N igga.” It means something totally different when you add the “er” to the word. Some of you want to blame African Americans for Paula Deen getting fired. However, she got herself fired. If she would have said “Yes, I have said the ‘n” word and I do apologize.” No one would have been offended. She was so ****y and arrogant about it when asked the question, that’s what made it offensive. So, getting mad at Black people for something some old, stupid, idiot did to herself is crazy. WE didn’t get her fired. She got herself fired. And half of you racist on here need to go back to school and stop posting on TMZ all day, because your comments are so illiterate and uneducated. We see why you side with Paula Deen.

397 days ago
170.

iLuvSpringTime    

When black people start losing their careers from using that word, then Paula can. Boycott The Food Network now.

397 days ago
171.

Crigger540    

If someone puts a gun to my head I reserve the right to call him anything I want.

397 days ago
172.

Manimal    

Give her another chance? Did Mark Furman get another chance...oh wait... I think he did. Does the KKK have their own network? Let her stay home and make some black and white cookies as penance for her sins.

397 days ago
173.

Nonsense    

This entire apology thing is nonsense. She didn't need to apologize. She used the infamous word in private with family and friends. That's her business an no one else's. I'm sure no blacks have ever used derogatory language to describe a white person, Hispanic, gay or any other group.

397 days ago
174.

ffsreally    

paula dean can literally say “******” and say she wants black people dressed up as slaves for some wedding she can litearlly say she wants jim crow laws in some ****ty little restaurant and white people will run to defend her but if i say “white people suck” five hundred of y’all will come up telling me how racist i am. get the hell outta my face.

397 days ago
175.

Raejean    

They're so enlightened and progressive at Food Network. You can tell by the number of African Americans they have representing them.

Give them a few more days to feel the backlash from Paula's fans. They'll have an oh-$o-$incere change of heart.

397 days ago
176.

Raejean    

I saw (and couldn't help hearing) an African American man driving through a strip shopping center today in a crappy old car with the windows rolled down and the stereo blasting. I think this is rude enough on principle. But to add to his disrespect of everyone and everything, what blared out of his car was unmelodic (c)rap "music" with lyrics LITERALLY "N*gger" every other word. I might have waited around for him to apologize to me, but I had other things to do in these next 100 years.

397 days ago
177.

lucy    

I want to tell all of the black people or African American who have been reading these comments don't believe that all of us are racist and insensitive. You're only reading a handful of America's citizens, please don't be discouraged. Not only are my family and I not racist, but we know a lot of people who are not racist and won't tolerate it. Please, keep that in mind when you read their comments :)

397 days ago
178.

BaddieBrit    

**** her

396 days ago
179.

BaddieBrit    

It's unacceptable for anybody to say it, but African Americans Dnt add the ER , come on now it's ridiculous how u ppl are riding with this woman and she's wrong ,

396 days ago
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Ninja Bunny    

It's shameful Paula sees no problem with her brother watching porn at the workplace and showing pornographic photos to subordinates. Condoning sexual harassment on top of the racism? Paula's disgusting.

The is certainly a case where her private thoughts and attitudes have spilled over into her professional life - creating a hostile work environment where employees are harassed, degraded and even threatened because Paula is so arrogant to think that kind of behavior is harmless, funny and cute.

Good riddance to that awful excuse for a human being.

396 days ago
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