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Paula Deen

Dropped By Publisher

6/28/2013 1:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The demolition derby known as Paula Deen's empire rolls on -- she's just been dropped by one of her publishers, which says it will no longer release her next project ... which was expected to be a best seller.

In a statement released Friday, Ballantine Books announced it has cancelled the publication of "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up".

But get this ... even though the book wasn't set to come out until October, it's already #1 on Amazon with pre-order sales.

Ballantine adds its name to the long list of companies abandoning ship in light of Deen's n-word controversy ... The Food Network, QVC, JCPenny, and Smithfield Hams, etc ...

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31.

Split Personality    

This country is growing weaker by the second, the more sensitive we try to be the more we look like nothing can be said without getting taken out of context or without getting severe backlash. Yet I kid u not, more than half of america uses a racial or prejudicial term in one way or another. Not all of it is out of hatred. Quit being so damn sensitive

389 days ago
32.

janet    

There is a hell of a lot more going on.

Paula Deen all southern peaches and cream, sugar and spice on camera is not the same off the camera.

Paula Deen needs to keep her mouth shut. She's trying to put a band-aid on a major gash. It's done. Can't fix it.

Everyone is abandoning ship.

389 days ago
33.

Mike44090    

I'll bet it's times like this that Harvey wishes he never posted the 'Black Baby' video. I never saw it on their tv show so I guess it'll just stay TMZ's dirty little secrete, unless someone wants to go to their You Tube site and watch it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mIzm0mP8a0

389 days ago
34.

Chris    

All afraid of the black man.

389 days ago
35.

houstonray    

For everyone who keeps on the whole "she said it 30 years ago", that's NOT the whole reason. The deposition is FULL of reasons to drop her, the culture and environment she fostered in her restaurants and businesses, the fact that she didn't know 'when the use of the word was good or bad', the whole slave theme wedding (which, by the way was just 3 or 4 years ago), pornography being allowed on the computers in her restaurants and she knew about it and did nothing about it, and now there are more current and former employees coming forward with things that would make your hair curl. Paula Deen may be the sweetest person in the world on tv but I think there is much more going on behind the scenes and buisnesses that are dropping her have read the entire deposition and paid attention to other allegations and made a decision based on their business.

WHere there's smoke, there is fire.

389 days ago
36.

The Wraith    

If you are not from the south- you just don't get it. Never will. Keep thinking you all know best- we southerners just know how to live and if you don't like what's said- who cares. This whole society is going down the tubes , everything offends someone- so what!! I don't care if I offend you- you will live- so I hurt your feelings- you will live. Bunch a freaking whiny people.

389 days ago
37.

Cherie    

BUT.............Lil Wayne can stomp on our countries FLAG!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is ridiculous!

389 days ago
38.

Catrina     

BREAKING NEWS!!!!!! Paula Deen dropped by her sons!!! A spokesperson for Bobby Deen, Jimmy Deen, Billy Deen, Bobby Joe Deen ||, Woody Deen and uncle Bubba released a statement cutting all ties with momma effective immediately! More news at 7!

389 days ago
39.

jen    

Everyone sees what her supporters are failing to see. This is not just about a racial slur from 30 years ago. There is a lot more going on here. Her views on slavery are unacceptable. Her plantation wedding idea is appalling! In addition she has made herself into a PR nightmare.

389 days ago
40.

CLINT    

Exacly. This is their agenda, and yet on their show they make fun of Asians and Mexicans and everyone else that isn't white, black or gay. Way to go TMZ. Keep the raceist flags waving.

389 days ago
41.

cementmixer    

What a bunch of babies.I guess none of the books they Publish have the N-word in them.

389 days ago
42.

The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Hopefully she has a forward-minded money manager because "the media" is going to use this for their inflammatory advantage. She should just lay low, rest on her laurels and see what happens. Me? I love her desserts.

389 days ago
43.

Mayu    

I would love to ask the publisher if there is one person on their board who hasn't said the "n" word, Retard, Homo, F ag, c unt, cracker, or some other derogatory term sometime in their life about someone's sex, race, religion, or mental state of mind? There is not a single person in this world who hasn't been less than PC at some point in their private life. They just don't have the balls she had to admit it.

389 days ago
44.

Lee Taylor    

This smells a lot like the Martha Stewart lynching a few years ago. This would never happen to a man! And if we're going down this road how about Chris Rocks white comments? Two issues, If it's so offensive.. it should be offensive from ANY mouth. Second.. lets go after what some men said 20 years ago! It's gone SO ridiculous!

389 days ago
45.

shakedoggy    

i bet all these companies have figured out that when the trial starts in earnest, it will be revealed that she uses the n word on an almost daily basis. if she had only used the word 30 yrs ago, the person suing would not have had their lawyer ask these questions. they may even have recent recordings of her using the word which would certainly seal her fate.

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