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:


What do you think of her apologies, Clutchettes?

  • JessiMac

    oh great, this again.. *facepalm*

    I’m a regular reader of Clutch, and one of many interracial subscribers. I don’t understand how things always get so incredibly nasty at times when we should be sticking together. When people post hate like this, it makes me feel as if absolutely no one wants to use any kind of unity at all to rise above this. Why are we fighting fire with fire? My mother is white. Her neck doesn’t look like that. Paula Deen’s neck looks like elephant skin because she dropped a lot of pounds quickly, and did it at her age. Either way, I don’t give a youknowwhat if my mother’s neck DID look like that. It’s beside the point, in the way that hating on interracial love has absolutely nothing to do with Paula Deen’s racist ass. So, FuckIt, fuck your comment. You’re holding progress back, one bitter step at a time.

    And 21 people like this?! How deeply telling of how far we haven’t come.

  • Marisa

    Thank you how is 2007 thirty years ago lol, and I’m not buying she stopped saying those things then, I’m going with Paula stopped saying all that right when that lawsuit happened. Also that the word was the only reason, her stans can’t even grasp the horrible treatment of employees of Paula and her sleazeball brothers Bubba.

  • Gina

    Honestly this doesn’t shock me.

    However, I wish we would get this incensed when our own people use the N-word. Maybe if that happened white folks wouldn’t be so bold in using it casually.

    Until that day comes, they will keep marginalizing the N-word because we do. I’m not defending them (especially PD at all), but it’s ridiculous getting so offended at this lady but not angry at ourselves for saying it. Thats a tragedy.

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