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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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Lucky_130    

Food Network should give this old bag another chance

385 days ago
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tallm1    

I find it amusing that the Food Network will fire Paula Deen for her comments yet they are the biggest racist they don't have one African American chef they had the Neelys and then they got rid of them right away so to me the Food Network is the biggest racist I will no longer be watching that network neither will my family its like firing your grandma know I love Paula Deen and she mighta said her wrong but you know what everybody makes mistakes let's move on

385 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

Paula Deen's PR team botched her n-word apology so badly ... the Food Network had no choice but to fire her......................OPRAH WILL HIRE HER AT OWN....

385 days ago
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FROM HELL    

Her food is unhealthy and disgusting. Should've fired her loooong ago

385 days ago
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Zelda    

Paula Dean is a phony. She knew she had diabetes for three years yet pushed her disgusting cholesterol calorie laden food on clueless fans. I hear she's a pig in the restaurant, and there is no way anyone in their right mind should eat the food there. I never liked her, and hope they get rid of her boring son's shows also. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

385 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

She was Supposed to give Her Apology in Writing like The AssHoIe Founder Of PapaJohn's....

385 days ago
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NOT ELMO    

She is Old now But in 1986 She was Only 39 Years Old When She Used The Word....

385 days ago
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steak man     

She is so annoying, I couldn't watch her plus her food sucked.

385 days ago
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paisley    

Food Network is using this as a reason to not renew her contract. It was up as of the end of this month. They've done it before. Just as Emeril.

385 days ago
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mr.howell     

She was DUMB to even admit something she said in 1986!..big deal!..she said the N word!..lots of people do!..it doesn't mean she's racist!..she should have kept her trap shut!..

385 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

i find it funny that psy does a song about killing americans a long time ago.yet gets invited to the white house and the american people say " oh that was a long time ago he didnt mean it he apologized." yet paula uses a word everyone has used at one point or another and it is so wrong.lol americans need to get over themselves.they praise a guy who wished death on americans but oh hell no dont say the word ****** though they get butt hurt

385 days ago
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moniquev    

you should at least print the names of her PR people, so they get proper credit for their work and other potential clients can see how they work

385 days ago
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jen    

Paula is in the midst of a lawsuit, public scandal a public relations nightmare at the moment. She's accused of using racial slurs in the workplace and is business partners with her brother who is also accused of racial slurs and harassment in the workplace along with pornography. She's been held in contempt of court for failing to turn over a video of vulgar and obscene out takes. She has admitted that she likes the idea of slave themed wedding parties and using slurs in the past. She made it worse by taping 3 very bad apologies. This is not Death Row Records, Jersey Shore or Keeping Up With the Kartrashians where the more scandalous and trashy you are the better. This is Paula's Home Cooking on The Food Network where a very different sort of image sells. This is business and the Food Network is right to not renew her contract.

385 days ago
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jj    

FIRE ALL THE DEENS !!
Can't stand any of them. Never could.

385 days ago
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BB not bb    

I think Food Network needs them more than they need Food Network. They might find Booby Deen gets fed up and quits also. He and his mom are close. He was raised by her alone with no father and she struggled and was poor. They work together in the same restaurant now.


I think they are looking for any excuse to not come off like they petty, cruel, judgmental people that they are. They are interested in their ratings and image so much that they sweep people under the carpet.


This just makes me think less and less of Food Network. I used to like it years ago but it has changed a lot. I guess all the popularity went to their heads or they just sold out to shareholders.


They have the same stars over and over doing all the different shows. It gets boring and repetitive. Most don't have the charisma of a Paula Deen. You can just watch her for who she is and not even care about her recopies


It seems like cooking shows are a cut throat business any more, not a relaxing way to kill time..

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