Statement from Food Network spokesman: “Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month.”
— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) June 21, 2013
TV Chef Paula Deen, 66, has been effectively fired from the Food Network after being told her contract would not be renewed, reports TMZ.
Deen has been involved in a racist storm this week, with claims she used the “N” word, and wanted a traditional southern wedding that would include black servants dressed in slave garb. The lawsuit, which featured many of the claims, also says that at one point, Deen simulated a sex-act using an eclair.
Her firing comes just hours after her heartfelt apology was posted on YouTube.
Watch now! Paula Deen released an apologetic video statement about her racism woes, lawsuit court battle, & regrets. Paula Deen begs and pleads to forgive her.Click here to read more
Deen has since issued two more apologies, one for jilting Matt Laurer on The Today Show this morning, and another, less edited version of her first apology:
Paula Deen speaks like a person struggling to understand what she is apologizing for.
— Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) June 21, 2013