Paula Deen cries on 'Today', loses restaurants in four casinos and Wal-Mart deal
The Paula Deen updates are already getting tedious, but the news from Wednesday includes a tearful interview with Matt Lauer on Today and the loss of another sponsorship deal, so at least Paula got a chance to cry on television.
Telling Lauer she canceled her Friday interview because she "was overwhelmed" and "in a state of shock" over the National Enquirer's story about her racially charged court deposition, Deen said "every one of God's creatures was created equal … that's the way I was raised and that's the way I live my life." Watch the video below.
Besides her odd tactic of playing the victim from her own actions, she seemed largely contrite, wiping her eyes and saying, "If there's anyone out there that have never said something that they wish they could take back. If you're out there please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please, I want to meet you. I is what I is, and I'm not changing."
She also said she only used the dastardly N-word only once in 66 years, after a bank robbery 30 years ago. And never once beyond that. "It's just not a part of who we are," she said.
Lauer also asked her if she had been treated fairly by the culinary world in the wake of her revealed slur usage, she answered, "Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No." Lauer said her endorsement deals seem to be falling apart, as well, but the 66-year-old shrugged it off.
"QVC has not dropped me," she said, despite Lauer pointing out the shopping channel was considering it. "Only two have dropped me." That would be Food network and Smithfield Foods, to keep track of the score.
As if on cue, Caesars Entertainment Corporation later in the day announced they were stripping her name off four Paula Deen's Kitchens in casinos in Indiana, Illinois, North Carolina and Mississippi.
"While we appreciate Paula's sincere apologies for statements she made in her past that she recently disclosed during a deposition given in response to a lawsuit, after thoughtful consideration of their impact, we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time," Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government affairs for Caesars Entertainment, told People in a statement.
Then Wal-Mart said it was done selling her branded cookware and more, telling the AP in a statement it would not place "any new orders beyond what's already committed." You know it's bad when Wal-Mart feels you're mistreating people.
Us Weekly adds that Deen has been hit so hard by this she's hired Judy Smith, the 54-year-old D.C.-based crisis manager who inspired Kerry Washington's character Olivia Pope on Scandal. Will she turn out to be having an affair with the president, too? Because given Paula's luck lately, that wouldn't be surprising.