Paula Deen apologizes for using racial slurs, gets dropped by Food Network, was found in contempt of court
It didn't take long for Paula Deen to really have to bunker in amid the furor surrounding the National Enquirer's discovery of her court deposition admitting she casually uses racial slurs and likes the idea of slave-themed wedding parties. Her first casualty was the Today show, ditching Matt Lauer for a Friday interview.
Citing exhaustion, Deen begged off the show, later in the day releasing a video statement asking for forgiveness for revelations that she often used the dreaded N-word and has less than savory ideas about party planning. NBC had really been promoting the interview, the New York Times says, especially because Deen had released a statement Thursday basically saying she should be forgiven because hey, she's from the South and everyone talks that way.
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done,” she said in the 45-second YouTube video. “I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please, forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."
That video was later removed and replaced with another one in which she implores, “I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are. I’ve spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others.” She also apologizes to Lauer and says, "Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me." Watch it below.
Meanwhile, Food Network announced that they "will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month,” according to TheWrap.com. We all probably saw that one coming.
Further making her bad week worse, RadarOnline says she was found in contempt of court on May 8 for refusing to turn over a blooper reel from her Food Network show that was full of “obscene and vulgar video outtakes." You know, things like dropping MFers and saying things smell less than good, and also simulating oral sex on an eclair. Maybe we should have watched more.
Deen & Co. have complied with federal judge G.R. Smith's order to turn over the recording, but not before being found in contempt for failing to produce it.
Paula really should be begging for forgiveness from her remaining advertisers, because this is way worse than the time the 66-year-old hid her Type II diabetes from the world while continuing to promote fried butter as a dietary staple. Good thing she cooked up a marketing deal to sell Victoza the same day she announced that, huh? Maybe she can start a campaign with the NAACP to smooth this one over, too.