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Paula Deen

Kmart & Sears

Bailing Out Too

6/28/2013 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Paula Deen can't apologize enough to stop the bleeding -- Kmart and Sears are now cutting ties with her in the wake of the n-word controversy ... TMZ has learned.

Sears Holdings -- owner of Sears and Kmart stores -- tells us, "After careful consideration of all available information, we have made the decision to phase out all products tied to [Paula Deen's] brand."

But the retail giants -- which carry Deen's cookware and dishware lines -- seem to be guilty of a little fence-sitting, because they added ... "We will continue to evaluate the situation."

Yesterday Home Depot, Target, and QVC also jumped ship ... following the Food Network's lead.

What's that saying about a pound of flesh?

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61.

BaadBoy    

VARIOUS EXERPTS FROM PAULA DEEN’S DEPOSITION:
Q = MR BILLIPS
A = PAULA
VARIOUS LAWYERS BY NAME
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Q: Okay. Now, do you recall the incident involving Dustin Walls and Ray Parrish?
A: Yes.
Q: All right. And Mr. Walls was found to have called Mr. Parrish
Q: And the investigation that was conducted by Mr Schumacher of that incident, he found that Mr. Walls had, in fact called Mr. Parrish a monkey, you aware of that?
A: I’m aware of that accusation.
Q: Okay. And what if any, investigation have you done to determine if it is your brother who is lying, as opposed to Miss Jackson and Mr. Schumacher and the people at Machworks?
A: I’ve never said Mr. Schumacher was a liar
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Q: Okay. And do you have any reason, and if you don’t, that’s fine, but do you know of any reason why an employ – a former employee named Lindsay McCoy would falsely testify that Bubba told Lisa Jackson in her presence to keep the front “light” when hiring – and looked at her and told her she didn’t hear that?

428 days ago
62.

BaadBoy    

VARIOUS EXERPTS FROM PAULA DEEN’S DEPOSITION:
Q = MR BILLIPS
A = PAULA
VARIOUS LAWYERS BY NAME
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Q: Miss Deen, earlier in your testimony you indicated that one of the things that you had tried to – that you and your husband tried to teach your children was not to use the N word in a mean way, do you recall that testimony?
A: Yes
Q: And could you give me an example of how you have demonstrated for them a nice way to use the N word?
(SEVERAL OBJECTIONS)
A: That’s kind of hard. Most jokes are about Jewish people, renecks, black foldks.
A: They usually target, though a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don’t know.
Q: Okay. And would you consider telling jokes, racial jokes, to be an example of using the N work in a way that’s not mean?
A: I mean, that’s not my style of joke
Q: Okay. Your style of joke generally has some sexual component to it; is that fair?
A: Yeah, lots of times.

428 days ago
63.

BaadBoy    

VARIOUS EXERPTS FROM PAULA DEEN’S DEPOSITION:
Q = MR BILLIPS
A = PAULA
VARIOUS LAWYERS BY NAME
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Study done by MackWorks determines work ethic of LISA JACKSON (Person suing Paula Deen)
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MackWorks workplace study performed at Paula Deens restarurant – Question about Lisa Jackson to all employees:
Q: Miss Mack has testified that the employees, that the primary complaint about Miss Jackson was that she worked very hard and expected everyone else to work at the same level.
A: Yes, you know I understand, because I’ve – that was my original thought as well.

428 days ago
64.

Jordan    

Paula Quit your crying. You Knew this was going to happen to you when you received your Lawsuit. Instead of fighting the Lawsuit you should have Just paid the girl her Million Shut her up and be done with it, And you and your Brother put new rules in place so this never happens again. Now you are going to have to defend the Sexual Harassment part of the Lawsuit, and that you may want to reconsider paying the Million and be done because that will be worse than the discrimination.

428 days ago
65.

BC    

man! she had her hand in everything!

428 days ago
66.

BaadBoy    

VARIOUS EXERPTS FROM PAULA DEEN’S DEPOSITION:
Q = MR BILLIPS
A = PAULA
VARIOUS LAWYERS BY NAME
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Q: At Uncle Bubba’s, do you know whether the front of the house employees were allowed to use the customer restroom?
A: I don’t know.. but I’ll tell you , there nothing more distasteful than being in a restroom and seeing a cook come out covered in flour and buttermilk and all of that.

428 days ago
67.

Barbarascy    

These companies decision to cut Deen loose is strictly business. If you were to talk to many of them on a personal basis they would tell you they understand the cir***stances. BUT they cannot afford to lose sales because of a situation beyond their control. This is Deen's mess and she has to be the one to clean it up if its possible. I believe that these companies are jumping ship because they don't know what else is going to come out and they don't want to get caught up

428 days ago
68.

A1A    

The moral of this story is simple, and its certainly not lost on many public personalities.. If you are a public figure, and you are asked about saying anything that the media could call racist, then lie under oath, and never recant the lie. Just keep repeating the lie that you have never said anything racist, ever.

428 days ago
69.

truetrue    

Wow she must be rich, I didn't know how many companies she was tied with!

428 days ago
70.

buzz kill    

Go ahead and pile on, nothing like kicking people when they are down. Paula is not a racist anymore than blacks who use the same term.

428 days ago
71.

Luz    

Paula Deen would look much better, and would be much better off if she wrote a letter to her business partners breaking the partnership herself, due she needs to focus on the controversy going on that it would not be good for business, and leaving an open door to continue the business relationship at a later time. I can't believe how inefficient Paula's PR and financial te are. It's like they know the ax is comming and they stay there waiting for it to break them in half!

428 days ago
72.

Luz    

Correction: financial team

428 days ago
73.

BaadBoy    

Testimony from Paula's own management staff including her brother CONFIRMS that she has on-going racist, harassment, and discriminatory practices in her place of business that she is not doing anything about. This racist deserves every bad thing that happens to her.

428 days ago
74.

Tee    

It kills me how people are saying she said the n-word 30 years ago and shouldn't be punished. No, people, she said it 6 years ago, in 2007, when she was planning her brother, Bubba's, wedding and reception. Her actual statement can be found by Googling her. And again, it was in 2007! Does she still get a pass? I applaud her for telling the truth, though.

428 days ago
75.

Jay     

Someone should stay in the game just to be different.

Might be a good marketing move.

428 days ago
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