Celebrity cook Paula Deen’s problems have gone from the frying pan directly into the fire when it was revealed today that Food Network would not be renewing her contract at the end of June. Deen fell out of favor when she admitted to using the N-word amongst a host of other racially charged comments. The Southern restauranteur’s racial slurs were first uncovered during a discrimination lawsuit in which a former employee, Lisa Jackson claims she was sexually harassed while working at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House in Savannah.
Paula shot to stardom in 2002 with her famous cooking show “Paula’s Home Cooking.” The outspoken cook later came under fire for her butter and sugar-laden recipes when it was revealed that she had Type 2 diabetes. In a deposition taken May 17, Paula admitted that for her brothers wedding in 2007, she once considered hiring black waiters to replicate an “Old South” atmosphere. Details of the lengthy deposition also revealed that Deen frequently made derogatory jokes about black people, often referencing the Civil War era.
The 66-year-old kitchen personality insisted that her comments were harmless. Nonetheless, she issued a remorseful message in one of a few videotaped statements: “I want to apologize for all that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this,” the feisty cook added. But many believe that she’s more concerned with saving face than learning from her mistakes. For her partners and fans, her multiple apologies are a bit suspicious – arriving too little, too late. Food Network has released no further details regarding Paula Deen’s firing.