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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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Twig    

A few years ago Foodnetwork fired Robert Irvine because he fudged a bunch of stuff on his resume and now he is back, I can't stand him and would bet money that he is a bigger bastard to work for than Paula is. I don't condone use of that word, but I'm hoping she'll either be back on FN or somewhere else.

299 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

welcome to america.where we live in a bubble and actually want to believe that only certain people use these words.meanwhile everyone does.also in america the liberals think if we ban guns the criminals will actually give up their guns and not commit crimes.

299 days ago
18.

Bell    

So fire your PR team. They should be fired, what a mess they created for you. A heartfelt apology was needed. Sit down for a minute and write it yourself. I would not be surprised if they hired you again

299 days ago
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Danielle123    

LOL 39 years old (when she claims she used it) and using the n word but its because "that's just how the world was". She was old enough to develop a mind of her own and then some by that age. No excuses. If someone is hurling the word around in a derogatory manner at age 39 then it's implemented by then and therefore no question that she has used it in a derogatory manner after that, and still does today.

299 days ago
20.

Danielle123    

@TGRFAN Isn't Paula Deen getting backlash for something derogatory she said to one of her staff RECENTLY? This would not come about if she used the n word some time ago. But she stated something racist recently which is why she is on the hot seat. Psy acted out against Americans in the heat of the moment as a reaction to two American soldiers running over little school girls in his country and not even being held accountable for it. His reaction while to some patriotic people may be seen as "horrible", his anger is extremely understandable. What was Paula's "reason" for her hate against blacks all that time ago? Because other people were doing it? She was 40 years old for goodness sakes. What was Paula's reasons for her derogatory comments towards her recently? "I like the idea of a slave wedding" That comment was not in humor as it is not even funny in the slightest. She deserved to lose her job. And that's that.

299 days ago
21.

Leslie    

I agree wholeheartedly with Ms. Deen that the language she used was hurtful and wrong and deserving of apology and I'd add activism to stop remnants of discrimination. Further, I believe that what we hear is recorded and stored in our brains and becomes part of us. Even if we feel something is wrong...that word or other hurtful or inappropriate word is stored as something bad...and this is where our mind goes to express to find expression. So yes, it's important for each of us to actively stay away from situations in which hurtful words are expressed and certainly away from "music" and "comedy" which uses hurtful phrases for shock and profit.

I am sorry that many people were hurt by the comments...and the best thing now is to mend.

Finally, I thought of the irony that a public servant and police officer, Mark Furhman, lied under oath in the O.J. Simpson murder trial that he never used the "N," and this rightly gave doubt to a jury (along with Mark Furman and other police officers not securing a search warrant as required under the law). Yet he was "rewarded" with a television show and/or status of talking head expert on television. Mr. Furhman never apologized, nor for the "N" word nor lying under oath. Instead, the position of the prosecutors and other public servants covered up for his remarkably inappropriate and arguably unlawful acts that may have led to the likely suspect in the brutal deaths of a vulnerable woman and young man going unpunished.

I predict, however, that Oprah will find a way to help her friend, Paula Dean, and the people she hurt heal through this difficult time. I'd like to see this process of understanding and healing as part of the Oprah life classes. And then, have Ms. Dean and her sons move their cooking shows to her network. Maybe even have a show with Ms. Dean that highlight ethnic/international funds with guests of all nationalities sharing their tasty recipes and open our pallets. Blessings to all affected by this, but let us all use this opportunity to learn become better people in the process. I believe this is what Ms. Dean wants, too.

299 days ago
22.

wtf    

What made her think that in America she could say a word!? YOU DO NOT SAY WORDS THAT MAKE THE N-WORDS ANGRY!!! THIS IS AMERICA AND IN AMERICA IF YOU SAY WORDS THAT MAKE THE N-WORDS ANGRY WE WILL RUIN YOU!!!

299 days ago
23.

aemish    

Now that she's available, maybe she can take over Martha Stewart's old time slot. The Food Network isn't the only channel on cable!

299 days ago
24.

static    

She's a cook not a slick politician screw those self righteous bastards at Food Network I hope her son tells them to shove it up their ass sideways.

299 days ago
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BB not bb    

She could probably get picked up by Bravo or TLC or Home and Garden Network. Food Network isn't the only game in town. They are stuffy and stale any more. They try to hard to be hip thant they are just garbage any more.


Paula Deen is part of what put Food Network on the map. You felt like you were getting the perspective a real down home southern cook. Now they feature hipster chefs who approximate what they think everything is. There is no culutre to it.


I don't think there is any excuse for what people do in their private lives affecting their job. Those are two separte things. She is not a serial killer, she said a word.


I think the N word is good for when the blacks start acting racist and attack whites because they are white, and are low down about it and think it is cool. They don't like it, but they play a game like they are entitled to be as bad as possible, and it is okay if it is towards a white person. They feel like they can treat them with no regard.


That is what racial slurs are good for, when people are out of control. It is like a wake up call. People are not systemically rude to them so they need something to put them in check. They are kind of like cuss words over race.


If they weren't a little afraid of the word, it wouldn't be so cool for them to call each other it like it is a game. It would just be like saying bro or dude. When the Italians on Jersey Shore called themselves Guidos, it was like they were saying F U to people who don't like it. There are people who say that word in contempt also, but it is like, who cares when you are having fun instead of sitting around hating?

299 days ago
26.

Tuna212    

Bobby Dean must have a contract and they do not want to buy him out. He stinks. ridin Mama's coat tail. Apple not far from tree.

299 days ago
27.

crgslstshppr    

I understand that the Black community uses the "N" word way too loosely, and I am totally against it -- as I view it as a sign of ignorance and IT IS extremely demeaning. With respect to Paula, it was a Freudian slip, which means it was in her thoughts, and she verbalized what has been instilled in her as a southern child. She IS RACIST. Her comment was a complete thought! It's not as if she called someone the "N" word, she made reference to Blacks acting as "SERVANTS!" For what reason does she feel a Black person would not take offense to that...whether she called them the "N" word or not! That is BLATANT racism! And, for ANYONE who feels any apology from her would mollify the Black community, needs to re-evaluate themselves. NOTE: I thought Paula Deen was very charming...up until a few days ago. But, just like her good ol' American apple pie -- she's done!

299 days ago
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BB not bb    

Let's thing about this. MTV's highest rated show in their history with 8 million viewers per episode had the Italian equivalent of the N word in its theme. Now how is that fine and dandy but poor Paula Deen is some kind of dirty racist for playing the same game?


Do you think MTV would dare have a show called N-- Hood? They probably could just as easily as Jersey Shore. The word guido to old Italians is just as offensive as the N word. They go up in arms when they hear it. They want to run call the police and chase you away.


I think a lot of people are past caring about these words any more. Howard Stern may have made light of a lot of racial things, but now people can laugh at them instead of getting incensed. I think it is actually a good thing.

299 days ago
29.

peacewithlennon    

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299 days ago
30.

Sid    

C'mon now. Paula makes a comment about how nice a wedding would be if blacks were dresses up nicely and serving her? Is it a big deal? People talk about slavery and as igniting worse than our current economic set up. With rich whites keeping all the beans for themselves has resulted in black unemployment to be north of 20 %. That means blacks are forces onto welfare all so the elite whites in the big cities can have their multi million dollar homes. If you are wondering who I'm talking about, head out to the Hamptons this afternoon, you can say hi to the real modern day slavemasters who are keeping blacks down today.

299 days ago
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