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?

  • Ash

    Whew! Thank God, I was about to ring the alarm on The Food Network if they didn’t do this.

  • Nadell

    When people unite, there is action!

  • Miakoda

    Look at that neck! Yikes!

  • AJW

    F&$k her & her apology.

  • FuckIt

    That’s normal aging for the average white woman. Yet brothers want that.

  • Hmm

    So I haven’t been keeping up with this story too much, but it seems the mainstream media has only reported that she’s said the “N-word” and that it’s no big deal. Like was the working slaves detail not important enough to include or was it deliberately left out? Hmmm?

    Let’s forget about the “who can say it” conversation…Why is it that even when this WHITE woman is wrong, people are breaking their necks to give her a pass? And make excuses for her like she’s old and hey blacks say it too!!

    Just remember that they always have and will continue to protect their own. The Food Network drop i strictly BUSINESS, if you don’t believe me check out her FB page.

  • GeekMommaRants

    Old raggedy christian bee

  • GG

    Thank you social media.

  • HTown

    NBC just reported the Food Network is not renewing her contract at the end of the month.

  • Lynne

    I am as pleased as Paula Deen’s Plantation Punch (joke) that Food Network dropped her like a handful of hot hash browns.

    People try to overanalyze and intellectualize hate speech these days. Nope. Sorry. She knew better. No matter how you try to “explain” it, your words reflect what’s in your heart.

    Miss Deen, put that in your propane smoker and smoke it.

  • dippedingodiva

    She’s only apologized for being caught. Nothing else. And to the people who actually defend her saying it’s a mistake…there’s a special place in hell waiting for you.

  • Lynne

    Hoot! I just used the word “intellectualize” in a post about Paula Deen! (Laughing and clapping in front of my laptop.)

  • LadiesNight

    Even though her recipes are good,they’re consequences for your actions. What’s up with the Paula Deen bingo? That is so lame and corny. Why do you guys keep getting thing from “Black Twitter”? NONE of those people are entertaining or funny.

  • Lynne

    Don’t you know this is the greatest country ever, and it has the most wonderful, soul-stirring history that fills the hearts of our countrymen with pride?

    Slavery was simply an historical glitch. Nothing worth remembering.


  • Lynne

    Um, o-o-okay.

  • Marisa

    I don’t buy for one second Ms Burtter lover quit saying these things cold turkey nope honey. If your mind, can contemplate having PLANTATION THEMED WEDDING complete with happy slaves for your brother in the 2000′s you been saying nigga this nigga that the whole damn time. My thing I’m tired of the phony mea culpas these days, if you bold enough to feel like that and say, stand by it and just deal with the fall out. Folks wanna be bigots until caught then go on the PLEASE KEEP BUYING MY PRODUCTS TOUR. I’m sure Faux News will have her on and give her guest spots then she can be free to spew racist stuff at will all the time like those chumps.

  • GodivaNot

    I think it’s your brain that’s dipped!
    The word “nigger” was commonly used–still is in the black community–so much for PC, which is hypocrisy, full stop!!– not too very long ago, and by many Southerners who were not and are not racist!
    Only a few decades ago KFC had lyrics of a FAMOUS song with the word “nigger” in them printed right on the side of their take-out boxes!
    Learn your history!

  • GodivaNot

    Paula Deen is not a racist!
    SHAME on you, Food Network!

  • Lynne

    Some things are off limits to certain people.

    Can you live with that? If not, go choke on a rifle.

  • Eye Candy

    You’re not too smart at all!
    When a white person uses the word “Nigger”, it is used as a way to purposely insult/offend a black person and to hurt feelings. When blacks use it towards eachother, it is used in a light-hearted, jokingly way.
    I always use this example when someone uses that bs excuse to validate using the N-word:
    Blacks jokingly using the N-word with eachother is the equivalent of a female jokingly saying “What’s up b*tch”? to either her best friend or sister.
    Do you think that same female would allow someone else to call her friend or sister the B-word with intentions to offend that person? HELL NO!

  • Lynne

    @ Eye Candy,

    I may get a bunch of “thumbs down” for this, but I don’t like it when blacks use it with each other. That whole argument about the N-word being a term of endearment or that it is used jokingly and lightheartedly is nothing to be proud of. Plus, the word’s usage within the black community is more complicated than many understand.

    In my experience, when I’ve heard blacks use the N-word, they have usually used it with contempt. And the ones who use it constantly as a light-hearted term seem to be — for lack of a better term — trash.

    Maybe you’ve had different experiences, but this is what I’ve noticed.

  • Lynne

    Maybe the word “trash” was a bit too strong.

    I’ll say the N-word is used constantly and nonchalantly by the blacks with a very warped sense of self and their community.

  • binks

    THIS! I find the way people are reporting this scandal is funny yet frightening because even without the use of the N-word her INSULTS and INSENTIVITY was there. You don’t have to say the N-word to get your point and feelings across when it comes to your view on other people. Furthermore, people who are defending her are showing their true colors ESPECIALLY when they are using the straw man argument of “well black people say the n-word too…” (which I hate this assumption because the N-word is NOT a part of every black person daily speech) but what does that have to with this situation and Paula Dean…um nothing. We are not talking about black people love/hate affair with the N-word but her actions and INTENT. I swear anything to defend someone who shows you who they are the first time, she full of it and so are her so called “defenders”.

  • Ado

    Cry me a river…..

  • dippedingodiva

    So instead of engaging in a civil discussion, you decide to insult me. How cute of you. Go troll somewhere else

  • Leo

    “The revolution won’t be televised, it will be Tweeted and re-tweeted on black Twitter without resulting in any real change.”

    Black Twitter is only influential to some, so that’s why The Root, Ebony and now Essence are jumping on board for the commentary.

  • l

    Pain your caused yourself? Paula Deen and her family hurt and humiliated Black people by using the “N” word and by having a racist themed wedding are you kidding me? What about your workers, your son’s workers and the black people you humiliated. We live in a victim blame culture but has not right in this instance. She instantly goes for the victim plea. I wonder if the sons are going to face any trouble from this.

  • Leo

    “When people unite, there is action!”

    So very true, now if they can use that same type of unity to create real change in our communities.

  • Hmm

    Yep! Hey who is that in you avi?

  • V

    YES! My thoughts exactly as I watched the ladies of the View discuss the topic this week. They only reported the N-word comment and completely left of the slave themed wedding or separate bathroom comments. And the guest co-host of the day had the audacity to turn the conversation around on “black athletes and rappers” who promote the use of the N-word and what as a double standard it is. Every danm time a white person is called out on their racist ish a white person is the first yell out loud “blacks are racist too!” Like lets stay on track here and address the main issue.

    Quite honestly the fact she said the N-word didnt bother me that much. I was way more offended by the shear white supremacist attitude she had against her black employees and serving staff.

  • Eye Candy

    @ Lynne
    I don’t condone the usage of the N-word, even if it blacks using it because I feel like it’s usage has resulted in some trend whereas now I see white kids saying it to eachother too, forgetting that this was and still is a word that was used to hurt, offend, and dehumanize us.
    However, I am aware of the context it’s used in when a black person says it VS. when a white person says it which is why I defend it’s usage when blacks use it towards eachother.

  • laurel j

    You can always tell when folks have no diversity on their team. Who says – “yes, of course” when asked if she’s used the n word. Then she said she’s ok with n jokes because they were told by her husband. Then she tried to make her use the word OK in certain contexts instead of starting with a mea culpa.

    I did not expect the Food Network to move so fast. I guess this was too much on top of the diabetes debacle . . .or maybe they have more diversity on their decision making team than she did on hers.

  • justanotheropinion

    If you look at her FB page, there is nothing but a legion of supporters for her. Maybe 1 negative response for every 10 positive, if that much. Even some blk folk chiming in about ‘staying positive’ and ‘you can’t be blamed for what was said years ago’ (SMFH at these blk folks). Proof positive of the world we live in. Take the time to read the transcript from her depo (149pgs) on CNN. Typical snake in the grass, don’t confirm or rebuke anything, but really quick to claim ‘no knowledge’ of what was said or done.

    Not a big fan of hers (liked her early ‘hungry’ years better). She lost me with the whole diabetes scandal/issue. Glad Food Network won’t renew her. But then again, they distanced themselves from Robert Irvine when his false bio came to light. Food Network kept it’s distance until things died down and them brought him back. Never could trust white folk, especially when it comes to money – they will take care of their own and do ‘them’ whenever necessary.

  • chinaza

    That word again.
    I’m tired of the hypocrisy about that word because it’s not acceptable whether it comes from a black or non-black mouth. There is nothing friendly or harmless about that word nor any racial pejorative.
    Do we call each other “slave”?
    Is there any other race where persons address each other or deform their music and culture with racial slurs against themselves?
    But we speak life into this word.
    Worse, we allow it to be diluted and sugared by this tepid styling of the “N-word”. There is no such word. Our elders were not called ” N-word”.
    The word is n-g-g-r. It is harsh and hateful and when you say it and feel it, you understand why it must not be used or tolerated.
    By anyone.

  • Yesss

    Thank god you posted this! I thought I was the only one who thought that. My problem with her isn’t that she used the n-word, it’s everything else she said. How can you say you want to hire a bunch of black men and have a southern plantation style wedding and not be racist? And it’s not just about black people, she being sued for homophobic and anti-semitic comments as well. Everyone is making an issue about the n-word and it’s not. And Food Network dropped her because she was sinking like the titanic and it’s smarter business move to jump ship. Nice to see people are using their heads.

  • kristin

    Paula Dean is DONE! put a fork in her…she ruined her brand. but i’m glad I know how she feels so i can stop wasting my time watching her show where she steals our “slave” cuisine. bye bye Paula

  • apple

    gone on to glory
    absent from the body but present with the lord

  • Hmm

    oh my gosh! She’s gaining more and more support by the hour. Last night the recently made “We support Paula Deen” Facebook page had maybe 1,000 likes, this morning it was about 20,000 and now it is up to 57,000!

    Are you kidding me? These people are bold racists and thankfully they’ll be dying off soon wishing of the “good ol’ days”.

  • binks

    It’s Kelis Hmm

  • JaeBee

    Not trying to argue a side in relation to the usage of infamous “N-word”, but I do think it’s fair to point out that women often refer to other women as b****es in jest, in friendships, but would have a problem if someone they didn’t know called them a b****. People also talk bad about family members, but would have a problem if someone outside the family said the very same thing. My point? Black people are not the only people who practice double standards when it comes to language and who does and doesn’t have the right to say something. I wish people would realize this and stop using the piss poor argument against black people as if they are only people who do so.

  • geenababe

    Like someone mention I don’t like how the media kept saying she used the word a long time ago. Like to give her supporters an inch to say she used the word a long time ago and she shouldn’t be dropped. In her deposition she mention how she wanted to have slavery theme weddings and that was recently. I knew she was going to have supporters and I feel that Food Network might kept their distance for now but they will bring her back somehow. It seem like every time there is racist act towards black people, others find a way to make it seem like it’s not that serious. What gets me is, why did she tell the truth? Why didn’t she lie? I mean the lady’s lawyers would have to prove she said those words. In my opinion she told the truth because she didn’t think it would be a big deal. I want to see this go to court because I believe more things will be brought out against her. But even then she will still have supporters even black supporters.

  • Pepper

    In the bigger realm of things Paula Deen doesn’t mean jack S to me. Where’s our outrage of all the black on black crime (Hundreds of brothers killing each other every day of the week all over the country)? As soon as a white person does, or saids something we don’t like we go ballistic; but stay pretty much silent on killing each other. SMH

  • Pepper

    Why wasn’t my comment posted??!!

  • laurel j

    But even then she will still have supporters even black supporters.
    When her restaurant in Savannah, Ga opened after she was fired there was a long line of white supporters but the first person in line was a black woman. SMDH. Paula’s Deen’s race issues go well beyond a one time use of the N word decades. Look for her NY Times interview from last year when she talked about how her great grandfather committed suicide when he lost all of his help (the slaves were freed) and that blacks were like family during slavery times so they didn’t see themselves as prejudiced. She also called one of her employees as black as a board during that interview.

  • Anthony

    I think admitted what she did because she I’d not want to end up in person like Martha Stewart. In Deen’s case, she would likely be in prison with the same people she dogged. Whoever brought her language and activities up knows her well enough to prove everything, I bet.

  • 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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