Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract

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Submitted: Fri, 06/21/2013 - 8:59pm
Updated: Fri, 06/21/2013 - 11:53pm

Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) – The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.

The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of the month.

Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and added “Paula’s Best Dishes” in 2008.

Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. The network’s announcement came just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mistakes.

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  • Guest1011 says:

    I guess it is supposed to be tolerated by white people that we are called crackers on TV. Sorry an eye for an eye! What is ok for one race should be ok when the other, blacks are more racist than whites!!!

  • Mr. America says:

    Yall just waaaaay to sensitive now days!!!

  • Guest 1965 says:

    I for one think this has gone too far. Every day you hear people using slurs against one another. Whites slurring blacks and Hispanics, blacks slurring whites and Hispanics, and Hispanics slurring whites and blacks. I don’t believe in the slurring myself but this is unreal. She is being singled out by a disgruntled ex-employee that is only out to gain some financial riches instead of working for it. It happens all the time and she probably used some racial slurring herself but that will never be called out. Its not right and Paula Deen’s reputation will be ruin. All due to someone who saw an easy way to get money. I will not be watching Food Network any longer if they remove Paula. She worked hard to get where she’s at and I for one think they are wrong!

  • Guest7969 says:

    her fans and grown ups…her reputation is JUST fine.

  • Guestk says:

    I just wish we had “like” buttons on this website….because I would have clicked “like” on this one for sure!!! WWAY would REALLY see how many people are really reading these posts…..I would most certainly “like” this one!!!!! Totally in agreement with everything said!

  • Scally Wagg says:

    As an African-American male, I completely disagree with the firing of Paula Dean. Any of us have made regrettable comments somewhere over the past ten years and to hold someones feet to the fire over a comment made so many years ago is lunacy! She may be a closet racist, or she may have found God and grown over the past ten years, we may never know. There might be more behind the scenes and the Food network is using this as an out.

  • tke1 says:

    This simulated outrage by the TV media powers is just another bit of proof of the hypocracy of the left who control the entertainment industry. To destroy the career of someone over a statement made years ago, even though the act prompted an apology, is totally uncalled for.
    Perhaps we should boycott The Food Channel and all the sponsors of that network. Notify these sponsors that you will not purchase their products until Deen is reinstated or the company takes a stand supporting Deen.
    If every apology from every dime store politician is sufficient for them to attain forgiveness (and forgetfulness) it surely should be sufficient for Mrs. Deen

  • Guest7969 says:

    Here career is FAR from over. At this point, she doesn’t need ‘em! SOME network will pick her up.

  • Vog46 says:

    Even I was taken in by the argument that the N word was used years ago.
    It appears as though there are more serious charges associated with her brother (her business partner).
    There are some serious charges that blacks were passed over for promotion among other things, that racial slurs were used in the work place recently and that the brother told employees “there are no civil rights here”.
    While it is possible Paula Deen did not know about this I tend to doubt that.


  • Daniel g says:

    I do not agree with the food network dropping her. She did not have to admit to making racial slurs. At least she was honest. I commend her for that. Anyway it was in the past. Just forgive and move on. So I used a racial slur 10 years ago, that makes me a racist? Grow up people.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    Uhhh … I think she really did. The admission was in response to a question in a legal deposition. Nice to know you commend her for not perjuring herself.

    Speaking of honesty … Do you also think it was honest of her to keep pushing her fatty, high sugar foods after her diabetes diagnosis until she finally scored a payday from a diabetes drug manufacturer?

  • joyce says:

    I doubt if anyone is able to say that they NEVER said the N word. Black people call each other that every day. Why doesn’t anyone raise hell about the F word- its far more disgusting.

  • Guest7969 says:

    “Nice to know you commend her for not perjuring herself.” She’s leaps and bounds ahead of our elected officials!

  • GuestReality says:

    Paula does put recipes out there with high fat and sugar content, that’s true. But so do many other chefs. It’s up to the public to figure out their own health needs and accept or reject her recipes. Go to any sit down restaurant and ask for their nutritional menu. Most of them are around 1,000 calories or more for ONE meal, and they are full of fat and sodium. It’s unreasonable to expect Paula to be the “fat and sugar police”. The general public needs to take responsibility for their own healthy eating decisions. If you look around at the general public, most of them are more concerned with the taste of food, rather than how healthy it is.

  • ChefnSurf says:

    They also didn’t expect her to flat out lie. It wasn’t until after, I repeat after, she cut a for-profit deal with a drug company that she disclosed her diabetes problem and changed her recipes. In the mean time, she didn’t just passively sell her fat and sugar food concept; she proactively pushed it even though she knew it was harmful. Why? Solely for profit, that’s why. She did that until she could regroup and cover her butt (and her bank account). That was totally disingenuous, or to put it another way, a phreakin lie.

    Chef Anthony Bordain called her “cynical” for having her brand be “excess without guilt” when she knew “in a very personal way what this could and might very well lead to.” He then went on to state “And then turn around and roll out a five hundred dollar-a-month diabetes treatment — I find that in excruciatingly bad taste. It’s unconscionable, cynical and greedy.”

    Say what you will, but I couldn’t agree more strongly.

  • Otherviewpoint says:

    She does have the right to free speech, but food network has the right to free speech also and they have the right to not have Paula D. to speak for them.

  • Guest9743 says:

    …and The Food Network has the freedom/right not to renew her contract!!

  • Mr. America says:

    She does have a right to the freedom to speech..

  • Vog46 says:

    Back in the day blacks were segregated and whites apparently used the N word quite extensively in their description of blacks.
    Deen admits to this.
    But she’s got her own set of problems. The recent news thats she’s diabetic, while pushing the high fat content cooking of her restaurants and cooking style was handled poorly and resulted in a PR nightmare for her and her “brand”.
    This situation was also handled poorly from PR standpoint.
    But in my mind there are two things to consider:
    The N word has now become normal jargon to the very people it originally offended, and this was a vestige of a prior time.
    So is Deen to be praised for her honesty in admitting to this?
    Or crucified for doing it at all?
    I say no the only thing Deen needs is a new PR firm……


  • Guesttseug says:

    Betcha right now she wishes she was Al Sharpton.

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