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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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lbg22    

Anymore if you fart in front of a ethnic person you are considered a racist. Lighten up! Peace

453 days ago
107.

sotiredofthis    

Anthony Bourdain must be using BOTH hands!!!!

453 days ago
108.

sotiredofthis    

Anthony Bourdain must be using TWO hands!!!

453 days ago
109.

Wocka    

What a bunch of sheet. Paula should never have been fired. Well, that's the end of my watching the Food Channel.

453 days ago
110.

Brett    

https://www.facebook.com/bringbackpaulanow

453 days ago
111.

Ignatia    

The Food Network is heartless to let this senior lady go so fast and completely.

I wish justice of this sort was meted out to the rappers who say filthy things instead.

Food Network. Make up and figure a way to bring her back and rehabilitate.

453 days ago
112.

fonzie    

If she wants to say whatever she wants behind closed doors, whatever. Still not nice and still ignorant. But, to make employers uncomfortable and to create an uncomfortable work place, she messed up. Foolish. She was running a mini empire and was not careful. Either way, that's what you get for using such words.

453 days ago
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honesty    

I hate that word. I don't use it. When referring to it I call it the N word. Still I know of no one in their entire life who has not said it one time or another, even if it was years ago. If you fired everyone who ever said it once in their lives, no one would have a job. Shouldn't the bar be, if the person is prejudice now?

453 days ago
114.

todd    

her bio and show clips and recipes/info are all still on the food net website...this could be a publicity stunt by sleazy execs at the network

453 days ago
115.

Ginger    

Who ever screams the loudest !!! It's true the squeaky wheel gets the grease!! Do black people scream the loudest!!

453 days ago
116.

Glenda     

It is no one's fault but her own. She won't be able to redeem herself so easily, she said it, she's to blame.

453 days ago
117.

bert    

Boycott The Food Network!

453 days ago
118.

Lola    

Who cares what she said or did 25 years ago in 1986. Unless she killed someone, stop this stupidity. I'm sick of this kind of petting minorities and ruining people's lives because of what they did that was considered acceptable behavior at the time. Keep this up and the wheel will turn 180 for a huge backlash.

453 days ago
119.

Bobbie Weiner    

"Leopards do not change their spots"!

453 days ago
120.

andrew    

Old hagg

453 days ago
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