Celebrity chefs are not beyond reproach for acts of racism. In the wake of a controversy in which Paula Deen admitted to using the “N-word,” making racist jokes and planning a slavery-themed wedding, The Food Network severed ties with the author and cooking show host. A network spokeswoman said it would not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of June.
Their statement comes after Paula was a no-show for an interview on “The Today Show,” and posted two videos offering apologies.
In her first video, which was later removed, she said:
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I’ve made.”
The second video (below), which appears as a response to flack from her missed appearance on “The Today Show,” finds her saying:
“I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are. I’ve spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others. Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me … But it’s what’s in the heart. And my family and I try to live by that. And I am here to say I am so sorry. I was wrong. Yes, I’ve worked hard and I’ve made mistakes. But that is no excuse. And I offer my sincere apology to those that I have hurt. And I hope that you forgive me. Because this comes from the deepest part of my heart. And I will continue to work. And continue to do good things for good people. Thank you for listening.”
The response to her videos has been overwhelming negative as skeptics feel they are far from sincere. In fact, @BrokeyMcPoverty created a “Paula Deen Apology” Bingo game, which people have been tweeting about all day.
Watch her second apology video below: