Paula Deen’s world as she knows it is tumbling down. The usage of the N-word has her on full damage control and trying to protect her name. She’s already been fired from the Food Network and her other gigs. She recently hired Judy Smith who’s a crisis manager to handle this mess. Paula appeared on the TODAY show this morning where she admitted to using the “N” word once, decades ago and maintained that she’s not a racist.
Following her firing from the FOOD Network and several embarrassing online videos, Paula Deen sat down for a somewhat tearful interview on TODAY where she admitted to using the “N” word once, “a world ago” and added:
“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, then please pick up that stone and throw it at my head…and hit me as hard as you can.”
She also discussed her childhood, saying:
“I believe that every one of God’s creatures was created equal, no matter what church you go to pray. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, and that’s the way I was raised.
I am here today because I want people to know who I am, and people that have worked beside me, have walked beside, know what kind of person I am.”
And when asked specifically about the “plantation” wedding and other stories, Paula insinuated that there are many lies being told about her and who she really is. Well, the plantation dinner party you said would be “cute” because of the black men & women who would play slaves….was indeed in the deposition. So it wasn’t a lie.
Here are the rest of the highlights:
On being fired and dropped by several partners:
“Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No,” she said. “I am so very thankful for the partners I have who believe in me.”
On if she knew that the “N” word was offensive to Black people:
“I don’t know, I have asked myself that so many times,” Deen said. “I go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other…it’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other.”
Peep the footage: