Food Network cans Paula Deen

The television chef was in hot water over her off-screen comments and behavior.

By Kim Peterson Jun 21, 2013 5:24PM
Paula Deen (© Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)Paula Deen's off-screen antics finally proved to be too much for The Food Network, which said Friday it will not renew the celebrity chef's contract after it expires at the end of the month.

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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Jun 21, 2013 8:07PM
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I'm sure she will go on to do just fine without "Food Network." Everything has gotten so politically correct these days people in the media lime light are afraid to open their mouths. It's OK for blacks to bash whites in their songs,  but don't let it happen the other way around. Double standard I would say.
Jun 21, 2013 6:19PM
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Why only one race can use the N word?  That is a discrimination in itself!
Jun 21, 2013 8:47PM
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I recently was involved in group on FB that was 95% black professionals, educators, doctors, lawyers , and various executives from the business world. What I found out, was they constantly talk about white privilege, how  slavery held them back and the incarceration of blacks in prison. Not one wanted to talk about the plight of black youths in gangs, the intentional segregation of Miss Black America, BET, Black Expo or being called African Americans. They felt is was rappers right to use the word ****, in fact they relished in it. So my point, if it's so offensive, why do black pay homage to it.   
Jun 21, 2013 7:05PM
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Well, I think it is all a bunch of crap caused by someone from the past. Sounds like a money issue.  Everyone loves to yell discrimination these days and now destroyed a good show on Food Network. OH but let's put a few more chopped episodes on, like we don't have enough. Good golly, what happened to regular cooking shows. Food Network is on my list now, what crap!
Jun 21, 2013 7:52PM
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Who among us hasn't said or done something that we regretted? Regardless of the opinion of those who would like the rest of the world to buy into their belief and value system, reality and who this country is doesn't necessarily reflect those opinions solely nor should it. Vote with your channel changer and television provider and block Food Network. You won't be missing much anyways.
Jun 21, 2013 8:36PM
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That's right, everyone bend over for the liberals one more time, let's jump because some **** pointed a finger at Paula for something she said twenty years ago. I am sure the liberals and the minorities, and there is a bunch of them including the gay queers, oh yes, I said the naughty, have never called or referred to half the population as whitey or the cracker or the redneck, uh, when do we hear the same crowd go after the rappers, the difference is, I don't give a sh*t, for all you better than thou out there so hell bent on being PC, I think someone put it just about right when he said those perfect bunch of mutts out there should cast the first stone (well it's close). Personally, we intend to look Paula up the next time we are in Savannah and wish her well, she's not perfect, we aren't perfect and the PC mutts out there aren't either, difference is we couldn't give a tinkers damn about that bunch.  
Jun 21, 2013 11:52PM
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It is about time we all wake up and stop using excuse and hiding behind the word discrimination the black folks call the white people Hon key and when the whit people used the word **** is cause a problem, the black folks can call each other the word **** but when some one from from a different race use the word it offend the black, well i am saying this and weather or not Mrs Dean used the word i am backing her 1000% and ias i was told when growing up words is wind and if it bother that Ex Employee that much why is it that her own family call her **** and she Laugh about it ??   
Jun 22, 2013 3:21AM
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It is so dumb that the blacks can say "It," in a not so correct way, But by God if we say "It" we get jumped all-over. Why don't we just take it out of the HISTORY BOOKS as well then? It's ****ing ****..  She grew up in that day and age I'm sure she said it back in the day and I'm sure it's been said by millions just yesterday.. So lets just start hanging everybody, BLACK AND WHITE, WHENEVER IT COMES OUT OF SOMEONES MOUTH... So ****ing dumb. LET'S TAKE IT OUT OF THE HISTORY BOOKS THAT ARE IN THE SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES TOO WHO CARES.. APPARENTLY THE BLACK HAVE THE ONLY RIGHTS TOO THIS ****..................................................................................................................

Jun 21, 2013 6:51PM
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**** **** ****, what's the big deal?
Jun 23, 2013 8:39AM
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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?

 

 

Jun 22, 2013 12:41PM
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Sounds like either a slow news day or a witch hunt....... so who hasn't opened their mouth before the brain was fully engaged? Where did stupidity and lack of common sense become a crime? My grandparents were German so I was called "Kraut", big deal. Just because someone filed suit, as usual it is a case of tried and convicted by the media, the truth will have nothing to do with it. sensationalism is what gets attention. She will probably retire and enjoy life, like Liberace said cry all the way to the bank..... I stopped watching "Food network" long ago, too many same old stuff theatrics, nobody did it like the original Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet. See ya, Paula. 
Jun 21, 2013 6:22PM
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Dr.Laura used the N word 11 times and didn`t get fired.
Jun 24, 2013 11:46AM
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Deen is 66 and from The South.  Hell, I'd be stunned if she HADN'T used the n-word at some point in her life.  Remember, she was raised in a culture where blacks had separate entrances, sat at the back of the bus et cetera.  What really surprised me was that she was HONEST enough to admit it.  And, for her honesty, we gather up the pitchforks and torches...

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. 

Jun 24, 2013 8:50AM
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I will no longer watch food network and I will not visit their website.  I would like to see the hands of people that have never uttered a slur against any race.  If you have raised your hand you are a liar.  Food Network management are bigoted racist's.  Ok msn you can move this to worst now.
Jun 21, 2013 7:05PM
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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

 

Jun 24, 2013 9:35AM
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That really makes me want to stop watching the food network.
Jun 23, 2013 9:35AM
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paula should be laughing all the way to the bank anyway.  they took down martha stewart on a small trading infraction after the 2000 meltdown and martha came back and not one of the biggest of the big banksters that caused the 2008 meltdown caught any flak. so we all know about double standards in life. bet paula knows too.
Jun 22, 2013 8:08AM
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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.

Jun 24, 2013 2:20PM
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Not sure what the big deal is, blacks say the "N" word all the time, just listen to their culture (music, movies, etc." 
Jun 25, 2013 11:45AM
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You all are the dumbest pieces of **** I've ever met !!!! always asking why blacks can say it .....
it's no different than for a man to walk up to his wife and say hey show me that sweet ****..... but if a another man said it to that same woman ... would it be a problem ??? YES so back the hell off !!!! DEEN needs to atone for taking black dollar's all of these years ...PERIOD

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