Food Network cans Paula Deen
The television chef was in hot water over her off-screen comments and behavior.
It is the end of an era for the channel, which made Deen, 66, famous as the queen of Southern cooking. Her high-fat, high-sugar, butter-friendly recipes gained her a loyal following, but also drew pointed criticism at a time when many Americans struggle with obesity.
The Food Network didn't say why it fired Deen, but in all likelihood the decision rested on the intense negativity surrounding the star following a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee.
Many fans gave Deen the benefit of the doubt until details of her deposition in the lawsuit emerged. According to a transcript of her May 17 testimony, she said, "Yes, of course," when asked if she had ever used the "N" word. She also said it was fine that her brother showed pornography to co-workers while at work, and that she taught her children that it was fine to use the "N" word in a joke.
Her comments caused an uproar.
Perhaps aware that the network was about to drop her, Deen posted three videos Friday apologizing and admitting she was wrong.
In her deposition, Deen also said that "I can't, myself, determine what offends another person." Unfortunately for her, The Food Network was able to make that determination just fine.
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I forgive Paula. But I'm white and it should be up to the black people and the people that Paula offended to judge.
Someome asked an honest woman a question.and she answered honestly! How rare!
Oprah, can you forgive her? What a great time to start your own cooking segments on OWN! I'd watch it in a heartbeat!
Forgive her for her terrible comment..and move on. What do you think about this, Martha Stewart?
The real question is whether she actively discriminates NOW. She can, legally, have whatever personal opinion she wants in regards to minorities as long as she treats all folks the same within her businesses.
No she should be fired , The N word is not a bad word it how you use that make it bad. I bet everyone has use the N word once in their life And I mean everyone
First of all, the complaint didn't come from a black employee. The employee is white. Second, when you're at work, you should not be subjected to derogatory comments by employers or other employees. I personally would be offended by comments made about any race on my job. Adults need to act like adults not children. Children have to be told to respect and be kind to others. If Paula had those opinions about black people, then she should have had sense enough not to spew it at work. My question of the day is why do people feel the need to use the "N" word? Why does it upset people that black people use it but others can't use it? That's like a child saying "why is it OK for daddy to call mommy a " B" but I can't." It's wrong either way. If I could talk to Paula, I would update and school her on a few things. then tell her to pass that gooey butter cake. This is a shame cause she does make the best.
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