In reaction to the mounting controversy over statements Paula Deen made in a deposition, Food Network declined to renew the butter-loving cook's contract, which was up at the end of the month.
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On Wednesday, details of the deposition leaked to TMZ including some comments where Deen acknowledged using the N-word.
Lawyer: Well, then tell me the other context in which you've used the N-word?
Paula: I don't know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me.
Lawyer: Like a joke?
Paula: No, probably a conversation between blacks. I don't — I don't know. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the south. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.
But this morning, it was all going to be OK, because she was scheduled for a heart-to-heart with Matt Lauer on the Today show. Then, maybe remembering that Lauer isn't always the easiest out in the world (just ask Paul Ryan), Deen cancelled her appearance at the last minute.
A befuddled Lauer noted the snub on Twitter.
Hoping to get more info on the Paula Deen situation soon. Very confusing.
— Matt Lauer (@MLauer) June 21, 2013
Late this morning, Deen took to Twitter as well, letting us know that she was on her way to apologize.
I will be releasing a video statement shortly.
— Paula Deen (@Paula_Deen) June 21, 2013
Then we got THREE different versions.
No. 1: The Cut-For-TV-Version. This one is a 45-second piece which, bizarrely, required THREE DIFFERENT CUTS. It was published, removed, published again and made private, then completely removed from Deen's YouTube channel.
No. 2: The Director's Cut. Shot wide like Scorsese, this uncut version apologizes to Matt Lauer for stiffing the show and then lists all of the ways she is not prejudiced.
No. 3: The Don't Hate Me Matty Lauer Cut. Can we still be friends?
(Note: All of the video was taken from Matthew Keys' YouTube page. Keys, you may recall, was notable for passing along some wrong info during the Boston bombing and was indicted for allegedly hacking with Anonymous.)
Deen had three shows on Food Network over the years, Paula's Home Cooking, Paula's Party and Paula's Best Dishes, as she spread a kind of deep-fried gospel.
The best news — for those of us tired of her caricature being many folks' first introduction to Southerners — is that now they'll be off the air.