Smithfield Drops Paula Deen as Spokeswoman

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The rapid downfall came after revelations that 66-year-old Food Network star admitted using racial slurs in the past in a deposition in a discrimination lawsuit. Deen was asked under oath if she had ever used the N-word. “Yes, of course,” Deen said, though she added, “It’s been a very long time.”

Deen insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice, and in a videotaped apology, she asked fans and critics for forgiveness. It had been posted online for about an hour when the Food Network released a terse statement that it “will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.” The network refused to comment further.

Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which has Deen’s restaurants in some of its casinos, said Friday that it “will continue to monitor the situation.” Publisher Ballantine, which has a new Deen book scheduled to roll out this fall, used similar words.

Earlier Monday, NBC’s Matt Lauer said Deen would appear Wednesday on “Today.” Last week she abruptly canceled on the morning show before posting her videotaped apologies.

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2 thoughts on “Smithfield Drops Paula Deen as Spokeswoman

  1. I can’t believe there is not more to this story than is being published. If Companies fired every celebrity that ever uttered a racist slur in the past, they would have no spokespeople. What else is going on with this woman? I’ve never watcher any of her shows, so I know very little about her. But the actions of her sponsors seem way out of proportion for someone who said a racial slur years ago.

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