Paula Dean FIRED from Food Network after admitting using the N-word

  1. Celebrity chef Paula Deen bailed on her “Today" show appearance Friday after she was scheduled to go on the show to address her past use of racial slurs.

    Celebrity cook Paula Deen was a no-show Friday at the "Today" show, where she was scheduled to appear to answer questions about past use of racial slurs.

    "Today" host Matt Lauer told viewers Friday morning he had spoken with Deen the day before to arrange an exclusive, live appearance that would focus on statements she made in a deposition related to an employment discrimination lawsuit. But shortly before the show went on the air Friday, Lauer said he was told by a Deen representative that she was pulling out.

    The 66-year-old Food Network star came under fire earlier in the week after a controversial deposition surfaced on the internet. During it, she answered a question about whether she's used the N-word with "Yes, of course...It’s just what they are — they’re jokes... most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks... I can’t determine what offends another person."

    Later in the deposition, Deen gets herself deeper into hot water while referring to a 2007 instance when she fantasized about hiring an all-black staff to for what she admits to characterizing as a “really southern plantation wedding." While Deen has denied saying the content of the specific accusation in the suit, including that she used the N-word to describe the men, she did describe a scenario that doesn't sound much better: “I remember telling them about a restaurant that my husband and I had recently visited. And I’m wanting to think it was in Tennessee or North Carolina or somewhere, and it was so impressive...The whole entire wait staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. And I remember saying I would love to have servers like that, I said, but I would be afraid that somebody would misinterpret.”

    The Food Network said Thursday it doesn't tolerate any form of discrimination and is looking into the situation.
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    Just read on CNN that Food Network will not renew her show when its contract expires at the end of the month (its on the 'breaking news' banner).

    So if I've been reading things correctly, all of this came out from a video deposition she did regarding the current lawsuit against her and her brother, correct? Can deposition videos be released to the public while a lawsuit is still pending?
  3. She's been dropped from Food Network TV, just was announced on tv.

    That word is not tolerated any longer & should be removed from our vocabulary as
    there is no place for it.

    Paula Deen has apologized but too little to late... This has cost her dearly & Food TV
    took a stand & one has to respect them for that.Its about time....
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    Dang my cousin just called me about this.

    Paula Deen admits to using racial slur during deposition
    Updated: Jun 20, 2013 7:30 PM EDT

    By Kate Stanhope,

    Paula Deen is coming under fire — but this time it has nothing to do with her cooking or Anthony Bourdain.

    Deen is being accused of racism after a report first published by the National Enquirer alleges that the celebrity cook admitted to using the N-word. Deen's alleged confession came during a May 17 deposition for a $1.2 million discrimination lawsuit filed against Deen by one of her former restaurant managers, Lisa Jackson. Jackson is suing both Deen and brother, Earl "Bubba" Hiers, who co-owns a restaurant with her.

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    According to the National Enquirer, which claims to have a videotape of the deposition, Deen confessed to using the N-word several times and said she once talked about wanting black waiters to play the role of slave in a wedding party she was planning.

    In a select portion of the deposition, obtained by TMZ, Deen admitted to using the N-word when she was held up at gunpoint during a bank robbery in 1986. She said that she had used the word when the culprit, whom she says was a black man, put a gun to her head and says she also used the word when recounting the incident to her husband. However, Deen denies that she uses the word frequently. "That's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do," she says, according to the obtained documents.

    Deen's rep echoed this in a statement issued to TMZ about the documents. "Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court."**

    What do you think of Deen's comments?
  5. If you want black waiters to play the role as a slave then your racist in my eyes.
  6. What do you mean?
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  8. I think the request to the black waiters to act like a slave is for the sole purpose to make them feel less than the guests their serving. And why would someone use the N word to describe a black person. You could just say black to describe them. That is just my opinion. Sometimes I think people say things that are racist not knowing it is.
  9. I was just confused by how you posted that singular statement. I had no idea what you were talking about or how it referenced the matter at hand. The news had just report her use of the N word and not the details of her planning a recreation of a period wedding party from the Civil War.
  10. I tried but I can't even come up with a comment to this...
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    Well this explains the wedding and it STILL doesn't sound good...

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    Paula Deen Racist Comments, Use Of N-Word Allegedly Caught On Video [UPDATED]
    Rachel TepperThe Huffington PostJun 19, 2013
    Paula Deen is no stranger to controversy, but new allegations of racism leveled against the Southern chef may shock even those who have followed her troubles most closely.

    The National Enquirer claims to have acquired a video of a deposition in which Deen admits to using the N-word and making racist and anti-semitic jokes. She also allegedly describes her interest in hiring black waiters dressed to look like "slaves" at a wedding.

    The deposition, which was reportedly held on May 17, took place as part of a court case brought forth by former Paula Deen Enterprises employee Lisa Jackson against Deen and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers. Jackson alleges several instances of sexual and racial workplace discrimination.

    Neither the video of the deposition or The National Enquirer's story are available on the web, but Radar Online posted some of the story's most disturbing highlights:

    [W]hen asked if she wanted black men to play the role of slaves at a wedding she explained she got the idea from a restaurant her husband and her had dined at saying, “The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie.
    “I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America…after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War…It was not only black men, it was black women…I would say they were slaves.”

    While The National Enquirer has a checkered history when it comes to printing the truth, it's worth noting that the tabloid was first to break the story that Deen suffered from type II diabetes, and its early reporting on the John Edwards affair turned the story into a national scandal.

    A representative for Deen strongly refutes The National Enquirer's allegations, telling Entertainment Tonight that, “Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”

    We'll be following this story closely to see if these allegations pan out. If they do, we imagine Paula Deen will have some explaining to do.

    UPDATE 6/19, 3:40 P.M.: The Huffington Post has obtained a transcript of the deposition in question. The quotes below are pulled directly from it.

    On using the N-word:

    Lawyer: Have you ever used the N-word yourself?
    Deen: Yes, of course.
    Lawyer: Okay. In what context? Deen: Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head.

    Lawyer: Okay. And what did you say? Deen: Well, I don't remember, but the gun was dancing all around my temple ... I didn't -- I didn't feel real favorable towards him.

    Lawyer: Okay. Well, did you use the N-word to him as he pointed a gun in your head at your face? Deen: Absolutely not.

    Lawyer: Well, then, when did you use it? Deen: Probably in telling my husband.

    Lawyer: Okay. Have you used it since then? Deen: I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time.

    Lawyer: Can you remember the context in which you have used the N-word? Deen: No.

    Lawyer: Has it occurred with sufficient frequency that you cannot recall all of the various context in which you've used it? Deen: No, no.

    Lawyer: Well, then tell me the other context in which you've used the N-word? Deen: I don't know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me.

    Lawyer: Like a joke? Deen: No, probably a conversation between blacks. I don't -- I don't know. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.

    On her brother's behavior:

    Lawyer: Are you aware of Mr. Hiers admitting that he engaged in racially and sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace?

    Deen: I guess

    Lawyer: Okay. Well, have you done anything about what you heard him admit to doing? Deen: My brother and I have had conversations. My brother is not a bad person. Do humans behave inappropriately? At times, yes. I don't know one person that has not. My brother is a good man. Have we told jokes? Have we said things that we should not have said, that -- yes, we all have. We all have done that, every one of us.

    On telling jokes that target African Americans, Jews, gays and other groups:

    Lawyer: What about jokes, if somebody is telling a joke that's got --
    Deen: It's just what they are, they're jokes.
    Lawyer: Okay. Would you consider those to be using the N word in a mean way?


    Deen: That's -- that's kind of hard. Most -- most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks. Most jokes target -- I don't know. I didn't make up the jokes, I don't know. I can't -- I don't know.

    Lawyer: Okay. Deen: They usually target, though a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don't know. I can't, myself, determine what offends another person.

    On planning a Southern plantation-style wedding:

    Lawyer: Do you recall using the words “really southern plantation wedding”? Deen: Yes, I did say I would love for Bubba to experience a very southern style wedding, and we did that. We did that.
    Lawyer: Okay. You would love for him to experience a southern style plantation wedding? Deen: Yes.

    Lawyer: That’s what you said? Deen: Well, something like that, yes. And -–

    Laywer: Okay. And is that when you went on to describe the experience you had at the restaurant in question? Deen: Well, I don’t know. We were probably talking about the food or –- we would have been talking about something to do with service at the wedding, and –-


    Lawyer: Is there any possibility, in your mind, that you slipped and used the word “n----r”? Deen: No, because that’s not what these men were. They were professional black men doing a fabulous job.

    Lawyer: Why did that make it a -– if you would have had servers like that, why would that have made it a really southern plantation wedding?


    Deen: Well, it –- to me, of course I’m old but I ain’t that old, I didn’t live back in those days but I’ve seen the pictures, and the pictures that I’ve seen, that restaurant represented a certain era in America.

    Lawyer: Okay. Deen: And I was in the south when I went to this restaurant. It was located in the south.

    Lawyer: Okay. What era in America are you referring to? Deen: Well, I don’t know. After the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War.

    Lawyer: Right. Back in an era where there were middle-aged black men waiting on white people. Deen: Well, it was not only black men, it was black women.

    Lawyer: Sure. And before the Civil War –- before the Civil War, those black men and women who were waiting on white people were slaves, right? Deen: Yes, I would say that they were slaves.

    Lawyer: Okay. Deen: But I did not mean anything derogatory by saying that I loved their look and their professionalism.

    Read the transcript of the entire deposition below:

    Paula Deen Deposition Testimony

    UPDATE 6/20, 12:40 P.M.: Food Network has released a statement saying that the channel "does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation."

    UPDATE 6/20, 12:50 P.M.: In a statement, Paula Deen Enterprises defends Deen:

    "During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today. She was born 60 years ago when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today. To be clear Ms. Deen does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination. "
    UPDATE 6/21, 8:50 A.M.: Deen pulled out of a scheduled Friday morning appearance on the "Today" show, where she was supposed to address the current scandal.

    Host Matt Lauer told viewers that he had spoken with Deen the day before to arrange the interview, but that one of her representatives informed him, shortly before the show's airtime on Friday, she would not be attending.

    Lauer and "Today" show personality Al Roker have both tweeted about the incident:

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  12. Good! Glad they fired her!! I prefer watching her boys
  13. This is just so unbelievable. I am beyond words too.