Paula Deen Says She’s Sorry; Food Network Says “You’re Fired”

SAVANNAH, Ga. (June 21, 2013)—Just days after the revelation that celebrity chef Paula Deen, 66, admitted to using racial slurs in the past, the Food Network announced in a press release Friday that Deen’s contract won’t be renewed when it expires at the end of the month.

Deen built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements and the Food Network began airing "Paula's Home Cooking" in 2002.

It added another show, "Paula's Best Dishes," in 2008.

Deen admitted while she was questioned as part of a discrimination lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past.

Deen, meanwhile, issued a video apology Friday.

She said she wanted to apologize "for the wrong that I've done" and that she wanted to learn and grow from the incident.

In the video apology posted on YouTube, Deen said "inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable."


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