NEW YORK (June 21, 2013)--Celebrity cook Paula Deen, 66, was a no-show Friday at the "Today" show, on which she was scheduled to appear to answer questions about her use of racial slurs in the past.
"Today" host Matt Lauer told viewers he spoke with Deen the day before to arrange what NBC had promoted as an exclusive, live appearance, but shortly before the show went on the air Friday, Lauer said he was told by one of Deen representative’s that Deen was pulling out.
While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the Food Network star admitted to having used racial slurs in the past, but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
The Food Network said Thursday it doesn't tolerate any form of discrimination and is looking into the situation.
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