To elaborate on what we posted yesterday afternoon, Paula Deen and her almost-but-not-at-all apology video(s) didn’t seem to have a the desired effect on The Food Network, because they’re choosing to “let her go” after her contract expires at the end of the month. This means that while our televisions, arteries, and hearts might be bereft of Paula’s butter-sloshed recipes and hypnotic blue eyes and brilliant fake teeth, Paula will now go without a hefty yearly salary of $17 million. I believe the lesson of this modern day Aesop’s fable would be: “There’s a time for work and a time for play and NEVER a time for using highly offensive racial slurs willy-nilly.”
Shortly after news broke of Deen getting shitcanned, she released the following statement:
”I thank the Food Network for 11 great years. Because of the gift the Food Network gave me, I’ve had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country.”
I admit, there are few individual cooking shows I can tolerate on The Food Network, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Ina Garten (can I have your house and your neighborhood and your access to rich people farmer’s markets PUH-LEEZE?!) and Paula Deen. I used to watch these ladies work their food coma magic with my grandma, so those two shows bring to mind warm and fuzzy feelings for that reason. You know what’s not so warm and fuzzy though? Not even a little bit? Oh, I don’t know… THE N-WORD. I grew up with five great-grandparents who were alive before women could vote, survived the Depression and Hitler, and I can honestly say I never heard one of them utter that word once in my life. That whole “she’s an older lady from the south” defense isn’t really doing it for me. She’s an adult, it’s 2013, and she’s a public figure. She knows better.
I have absolutely no idea what kind of public relations team Paula Deen has (maybe they think it’s Opposite Day?) but to let her give that horrifyingly damning deposition and publish those obviously-under-the-influence-of-Xanax apology videos was… just… no. No, no, no, no, no.
Check out her second apology video, where she personally apologizes to Matt Lauer for missing her Today show appearance:
If I were you, Paula, I’d take cover for a good long while and drown my sorrows in a crock pot of bacon meatloaf. Best of luck, y’all.
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