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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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76.

karlew    

I think it's likely that every white person over the age of 40 has said the N word at least once in their life and that includes all those CEO's of the compnies that are now firing Deen. I'm also pretty sure that every black person old enough to have a vocabulary of any type, have said the word honkey or cracker, and that includes the civil right activists calling for Deen's head. This whole thing is just stupid

294 days ago
77.

La Jueda    

There has to be something else going on behind the scenes because this kind of crap storm is unheard of. Never has anyone had their whole career and life ruined like this. Hell Kobe Bryant was accused of RAPING somebody and did the Lakers drop him? No. Tiger Woods screwed half the fans at the PGA open and he's still working. Jesus she admitted to saying the n-word and people act like she puts chopped up babies in her meatloaf. This is totally not fair. I hope she doesn't try to hurt herself because if I was in her shoes I'd probably eat every pill in the house.

294 days ago
78.

Mikey    

Why'd they do that? Lots a black people can't even read so its not like they'd lose biz.

294 days ago
79.

Rich     

You voted for him...this is your reward.

294 days ago
80.

ChinaWhite305    

This is ridiculous. She should be applauded for being honest on the stand. I guess the message being sent here is that we should all lie under oath? Give her a break. Tmz you've effectively ruined a lovely old woman's career by twisting words and spinning the story. It was decades a go. I can't wait til Harvey slips up and says something dumb while sippin his liquored up coffee. You people are ridiculous. We ALL have skeletons. Should we all be punished for mistakes from 10-20 years ago despite the great things we've done & progress we've made since?! TMZ=IDIOTS.

294 days ago
81.

Rich     

Any black person has a right to call me Honky, cracker, whitey...etc., and I can't say a word. But if I say the N word Im racist. Obama has made his change.

294 days ago
82.

Margerine    

Sorry but Paula's getting what she deserves.

294 days ago
83.

moG    

This is nothing more than a witch hunt. Absolutely ridiculous.

294 days ago
84.

Donna    

I heard Chris Rock say on a talk show that all white people should be shot. A joke perhaps but where was the moral outrage about that.

294 days ago
85.

tessa    

I am appalled at the persecution of Paula Deen. Freedom of speech is not just for some. Tolerance is a two way street.

294 days ago
86.

IZS    

WOW!! Just put her in front of a firing squad already...

294 days ago
87.

JustMe    

This has seriously went beyond too far! I mean for real she is being persecuted over something she said back in the 80's?! What the heck!!!

294 days ago
88.

Supreme_intellect    

It seems as if every time Paula gets dropped by another partner/sponsor you can read the comments on here and measure the racial insensitivity that the general public has. We should be proud of America for treating this women this way, and for those of you who swear she said this years ago, get your story straight, she said she has used the word before which means she uses it whenever she feels like it, and she doesn't see anything wrong with it. When you are a public figure your held to greater expectation of character.

294 days ago
89.

Diane    

Maybe these companies have always hated her and this is the excuse they needed to get back at her? Something weird is going on behind the scenes because all these companies dropping her seems extreme.

294 days ago
90.

Judy    

OMG, I can't take it anymore. The ONLY people supporting Paula Deen are the ones who think it is ONLY about the "N" word and that she only said ie ONCE.

EDUCATE YOURSELVES. Read the deposition; read the pleadings in this case, because, otherwise, you sound ignorant.

Do you think Paula Deen's sponsors would have dumped her based only upon her saying the "N" word one time (another lie on her part)...it is about SO MUCH MORE. There are brilliant attorneys who have read all the pleadings and know what this is about. Oh, and it is also based on her inappropriate behavior in public.

Please get educated before you blindly support someone. I am amazed she was not dumped by Food Network and sponsors long ago.

294 days ago
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