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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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76.

KissMint    

So sick and tired of all these group of people being offended, using racial cards. Why does BET exist and still is? What's wrong with this picture?

405 days ago
77.

STFU    

Glad FN was quick to get rid of this CRACKER.

405 days ago
78.

some guy    

Paula's new recipes:
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Chicken a la Klan
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White Supremacy Souffle
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Lynchburg Lemonade

405 days ago
79.

MYOB    

Food Network is ridiculous. Paula is an amazing cook and I love her show. Since when is a cooking network responsible for the morality of America. I am still a Paula Deen fan.

405 days ago
80.

LW    

No surprise about the PR team - neither apology sounded like Paula. FN on the other hand could have handled this better. Robert Irvine LIED about his resume and got a second chance. Hopefully Paula will get the same respect. Racist? I don't think so. Overly trusting of other's , more the case IMHO. If 'your team' asks you to do/say something against your better judgment, listen to your heart!

405 days ago
81.

Paul    

If you want to support Paula - just FN a message here - I dont watch the show or Paula, but feel this is just wrong. Its most likely too late, but I wrote anyway.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/contact-us/package/index.html

405 days ago
82.

sh    

About the Matt Lauer interview thang, first of all, it is not LThe Matt Lauer Show." I don't see this as an offense towards Matt. I would have canceled too. She has been through a lot and the interview might have been a disaster. I think she is very upset at this time. What if they sent Matt, or Savannah, to her NYC hotel to do interview? On tape.

405 days ago
83.

Umadbro?!?!    

N yes im black

405 days ago
84.

supermom    

Love that the rappers can use the "N" word, call girls/women 'ho's" "B's", "sing" about killing cops, glorifying using/selling drugs, glorifying violence/rape, etc. Yet this woman's going to crucified over a word she said 27 yrs ago?! Double standard/reverse racism much? GMAFB!

405 days ago
85.

devoregram    

I for one supports Paula. It was along time ago under terrible cir***stances. There are black trash, white trash, brown, yellow and so on. Trash is trash comes in all colors, sizes and shapes. Era was a hard times that none of us should be proud of. With saying that the blacks needs to govern themselves as well. The N-word is used daily in there music and speech. If this is such a bad word to use, it should be struck from all speech no matter what the race.... So until that happens, get over your self. Oh and by the way do not call us white, crackers, honkie, etc. It cuts both ways. And Rochelle get over yourself . This is 2013 we are American a melting pot of all colors.

405 days ago
86.

VICTOR    

TMZ ARE RACIST AND SO IS THIS TRASH NAMED PAULA DEEN. POOR EXCUSE FOR HUMAN BEING. SHE CAN'T BE THAT IGNORANT TO NOT REALIZE HER GRAND DADDY HAD SLAVES. I CAN'T BLAME ANYTHING ON HER PR TEAM. SHES A STUPID B!TCH!

405 days ago
87.

Jarvis    

Hope you go broke Massa...

405 days ago
88.

VICTOR    

SHE'S A STUPID HYPOCRITE AS SHE HAS PROVEN BEFORE, REMEMBER THE DIABETIC FIASCO? SHE LIES THROUGH HER TEETH!!!
STUPID PIECE OF TRASH. B!TCH GO HIDE SOMEWHERE AND STAY THERE! NO ONE WANT TO SEE YOU OR HEAR ANOTHER WORD OUT YOUR SORRY @SS MOUTH! PURE WASTE OF HUMAN FLESH!

405 days ago
89.

Pimpcessa    

WOW, I just read the suit, top to bottom, and if Paula truly did or allowed these things to take place in restaurants she is attached to, she is a PIG!!!


I have always been a fan of Paula, and her shows, but that is unforgivable. It is not only that she said the "N" word in 1985, the suit says she was still saying it regularly, it is also the fact that her employee bathrooms are still segregated. The black employees are only allowed to enter, and work, in the back, in the kitchen. Her brother "Bubba" also grabs these human beings and shakes them in a rage. Calls them monkeys among other other nasty names. And the treatment gets more horrendous than that.


I just hope this is all a lie, but if not she is totally deserving of what will come. Oh Paula, please don't let this be you......

405 days ago
90.

etta    

I don't understand what TMZ and others expect a heartfelt apology to look or sound like. Perhaps tears streaming down her face with sobbing and maybe laying on the floor in a fetal position. Would that make the skeptics feel better?. Her apology was sincere. Anyone with a heart would know that.

405 days ago
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