Paula Deen Hires Judy Smith To Clean Up Her Mess

by Yesha Callahan


Who didn’t see this coming? Paula Deen has hired crisis manager Judy Smith.

The real “Olivia Pope”, working hand in hand to salvage what’s left of the butter-lover-n word using-disaster of a workplace-former spokesperson’s career.

Judy Smith has represented a number of celebrities facing scandals, including Michael Vick, Wesley Snipes,  and Kobe Bryant. She also represented Monica Lewinksy and Jill Kelley, the mistress of former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus. Smith previously served as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. Smith inspired Scandal‘s Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and serves as a co-executive producer and technical advisor on the show.

Smith & Co. may try to focus their attention on what’s left of Deen’s business partners. Yes, there are companies sticking by her. So far Novo Nordisk, maker of the diabetes treatment Victoza; Springer Mountain Chicken; Landies Candies; and Tasty Blend Foods.

“Tasty Blend Foods was very pleased with the Paula Deen interview given this morning on the Today Show,” Tasty Blend said in a statement Wednesday. “We appreciate her commitment and how she stepped up and apologized to her viewers, fans and the nation. We personally endorse Paula Deen and what she stands for. We are very saddened that she is being judged by her past, everyone has made a mistake sometime in their lives. We look forward to our continued partnership with her.”

Landies Candies President Larry Szrama also issued a letter of support. “Your interview this morning reaffirms who you really are and what you believe,” he wrote. “We count it a privilege to be your friend and business partner and look forward to sweet success in the future.”

Good lord, I wonder how they treat their employees.

In any event, this may be a case of too little too late for Deen.

  • omfg

    this is classic.

  • Simone L

    Right about now, Paula Deen needs the “real life” Huck himself to clean this mess up. And I’m not even sure how much he can fix.

  • MLI

    She should’ve hired crisis management team right after the deposition leaked. As it is, I am sick of her and her sons trying to turn Paula into some tragic victim in every interview they give. CNN had a really good article about how given Paula’s age and background, it isn’t surprising that she would say the things she said.

  • Ask_Me

    SMH…at this woman hiring Olivia Pope to clean up her mess. I guess this is what happens when the checks stop coming.

  • Yb

    Fuck Judy Smith and Paula Deen.

  • geenababe

    Please…someone needs to help the mess get this story right. I was so mad when one of the reporters on CBS This Morning “How one word is costing Paula Deen”. It’s not just one word. I’m pretty all those big companies wouldn’t have dropped her over one word she said years ago (if that was the case) there is more to the story.

  • Lola

    LOL Deen trying to win some sympathy from black women by hiring the real Olivia Pope. Sorry Paula, but we know the difference between reality and fiction.

  • Mocha

    Of course! She gonna hire a black person to do what she needs them to do (clean up her mess). Still doesn’t mean a thing! That’s where some of us Black folks get things twisted.

  • Kacey

    This is how I feel!

  • Tonton Michel

    Well she can’t possibly be racist her crisis manager is black, lol. If this wasn’t interesting before it sure as hell is now. Get to see the real Olivia in action and inadvertently bring more attention to this circus. I’m betting the hired help can’t save her.

  • The Artist

    Maybe it’s just me…I must say, I’m a little disappointed that Judy Smith accepted her offer. But, I suppose a pay check is pay check regardless of who it’s from.

  • Beth hillin

    How many went to see Leonardo decaprio call Jamie fox the n word in jango unchained..he was paid millions for this and movie made millions in attendance and awards….where does it stop..the movie was recent.

  • Tonton Michel

    Now if an African can sell a black man into slavery, a black man can be an overseer over slaves, snitch on civil right organization to the Feds and become a supreme court justice railing against affirmative action than it nothing for Ms. Paula to find one to defend her.

  • Child, Please

    I really don’t think there’s anyone that can save Paula Deen from this except Paula Deen. In all honesty, I think her attorney should’ve just advised her to stay away from the lime light and only release statements through him, if there are any that need to be made.

  • jamesfrmphilly

    why does smith take the job?

  • The Comment


    Seems that once you lose your endorsements they remain gone forever. I think when you start sobbing in public you lose more support than you gain.

  • Simone L

    because Scandal doesn’t come back for a few more months.

  • Tonton Michel

    Because she believes in M.O.M.

    Money Over Morals.

  • Child, Please

    It also didn’t help that she released two apology videos, one of which, from my understanding, was edited down, which displays insincerity in that action alone. Doing that really rubbed people the wrong way.

  • RaiseTheBar

    This barrage of “apologies”/ image clean-up is ridiculous!

    PD has made millions of $ promoting her DISEASED, heart-unhealthy, diabetic Food preparation lifestyle. Heart Surgeons and Pharmaceutical companies are her #1 Fans – They jus’ LUVs ‘em sum Paula Deen – Yee Haw! Cha-Ching – $$$$$.

    With all the MONEY she’s made, there’s no reason for her not to be FINANCIALLY set for life. She should take her cigarette smoking, diabetic self and ride off into the sunset.

    She has grandchildren (a new generation) who’s bodies she can pollute with the “CRAP” she calls comfort food.

  • omfg

    she’s a fixer. she lives for this stuff – crisis management.

    for some people like this, the challenge of fixing a situation like this is a lot to resist. she also knows that people know who she is and maybe thinks that will help her..

    i think it’s important to remember that ms smith worked for bush. she’s probably a republican. at the very least, she doesn’t mind being around southern whites.

    personally, i think she should stay out of this mess. she is getting paid from a hit television show based on her life. i would just let it go at that and maybe be a correspondent for nbc or one of these dumb news networks on crisis issues.

    imo, i hope this doesn’t hurt scandal. she needs to be in the background.

  • RaiseTheBar

    @ Mocha

    “. . . black . . . to do what she needs them to do (clean up her mess).”

    Even when black men couldn’t get work, there was ALWAYs work available for us black women as domestics – cleaning up the messes “Ms. Anne” and her family made.

    During the Bus Boycotts, white women would go and pick-up their domestics ‘cauz they wuz gonna make sure they got there to clean their houses.

    Based on the deposition, Ms. Judy Smith can be her “clean-up woman” but she would NEVER be a Hostess at one of PD’s, “Blacks to the Back, whites up front” restaurants.

  • RaiseTheBar

    *Based on the legal COMPLAINT

  • sixfoota

    I love how they admire Paula & don’t want her to be judged for her past. How many convicted felons have they turned away employment for their past?

  • mstwixx

    Right? Just last night my mom said, she’s going to need Olivia Pope to get out of this mess. LOL

  • geenababe

    Typing fast does not pay lol. I meant the media not mess. Said in between reporter and quote
    Sure in between pretty and all. I see most people got what I was saying

  • Kay

    It seems like the dominant theme for person who is accused of being racist is to hire a Black person and then say, “See I can’t possibly be racist. Here is a fabulous Black person I recently hired! Would a racist do that? Of course, I never socialize with this person in a personal capacity, and I’d flip if one of my kids ever brought him/her home, but that’s not the point! I have a Black person in my general vicinity and that’s what matters.”

  • Mademoiselle

    It’s been less than a week since I’ve been hearing about this white woman’s “woes”. I’m tired of it already. We didn’t place this lawsuit at her feet, a white woman did. We didn’t give her endorsements and take them away, white corporations did. Why are we getting in the middle of a white war? Why jump to her defense and solve her problems? I really wish black folks just sat back and watched this train wreck unfold instead of taking her up as some kind of cause.

  • me

    I’ve contacted “CBS This Morning” several times throughout this last week addressing their limited reporting of this story. When I heard Norah O’Donnell tease the upcoming story, “How one word is costing Paula Deen,” I was done!!! Immediately, I sent another message and told them that what initially could be construed as an oversight which and interpreted as seemingly biased reporting at first now seems outright biased. I’m glad to hear I’m not the only one upset with the reporting of this coming down to “one word.”

  • RaiseTheBar


    CLEARLY, she needs to be sat down and explained to the way someone would a 5-year old child what RACISTmeans.

    Better yet, let’s tell PD that as a “friend” to BLACKS she has to give all her multi-million$ of dollar$ to the descendants of the 31 slaves who “helped” work her grandfather’s fields.

  • RaiseTheBar

    By any chance is PD’s “black” friend named Sambo?

  • geenababe


    I’m glad you took the step to send a complaint to the station because it’s is getting ridiculous. I understand that they are not the only new station bringing this down to just “one word” and glossing over all the other stuff but for me it seem like they are pushing it the hardest. I don’t know if it’s because it the only news in the morning that I watch or what. Just this morning the woman reporter again seemed happy when she was reporting on how Paula’s fans are still buying her merchandise. I swore she made it a point to stick in the word “in the past”. This incident just showed me how the media can take a story and only report certain facts. I knew this before but this really made me see it again. The only person who I have seen on TV saying that this is more than about one word was Shaun Robinson.

  • RaiseTheBar

    “. . ., the South is the least prejudiced and that white people treated blacks like family.”

    That explains where my family learned to treat each other like crap.

  • RaiseTheBar

    Red Pill,

    Thanks for the video. Did you notice how she referred to the “slaves” — great-grand-daddy had 30-somethin people “on the books” and then the next year he had zero?

    TRANSLATION: Great grand-daddy “OWNED” 30-somethin “SLAVES” and then that “nasty” thing called “EMANCIPATION” took away all of po’ ole grand-daddy’s SLAVES.

    Too Funny in a very deep and painful way.

  • cb

    @Beth hillin, for the love of GOD…seriously?

  • cb

    where is that guy Anthony? from no reservations…he’s quiet

  • Niesha Gourdine

    ok, she’s a racist, its nothing new, but we don’t have to hold a rally for her….half of White Americans/Hispanics think like she does. who ever does that for us?? smh… blacks are so forgiving… its a good and a bad thing..

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