Damage Control: Paula Deen Trying To ‘Clean It Up’ On The Today Show

Posted on Jun 26 2013 - 12:45pm by GumBumping Lady (Toyiah Marquis)

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.

Paula Deen fired from Food Network, Judy Smith, Today Show

Paula Deen fired from Food Network, Judy Smith, Today Show

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:

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy


“Toyiah Marquis” was a singer in the nationally recognized R&B singing group Che. A group that traveled throughout the US with many reputable artists such as The Chi-lites, The Emotions, The Stylistics, CeCe Peninston, Twista, Public Announcement and many more acts in their 14 year history of being in the music industry. Additionally, LaToya “Toyiah Marquis” is a SAG credited Actress with credits ranging from TV to film, best known for her role in the motion picture "Barbershop" where she played "Samir's Wife." Also a published co-author of 2 (two) highly-acclaimed children’s books “Not fat because I wanna be,” & “Stand Up! Bully Busters....coming to town” which she wrote with her then 6-year-old daughter, Award-Winning, Author, LaNiyah Bailey. She is also responsible for the development and success of RCA Records recording artist Jawan Harris; whom she managed from the age of 5 to 12 years old alongside Multi-Platinum, super-producer “Kaygee” from the legendary hip-hop group “Naughty By Nature.” Currently, “Toyiah Marquis” is the Executive Director of The G.L.A.R.E (Girls Loving And Respecting Everyone) Club which is a not-for-profit organization which mentors teen girls throughout the Chicago land area and owner of the nationally known Entertainment News resource Gumbumper.com. Known to many as an "Entrepreneurial Hustler." “Toyiah Marquis,” has many notches in her belt which range from experience in Artist Management, Writing, Import/Export, Cosmetics, Marketing and Publishing. My goals are to be successful in anything I touch. I want to create a legacy for my daughters. I want to have enough power to help people deal with their struggles, help empower them and create self-confidence to help people achieve their dreams and goals in life. I want to make a difference in the world. * I am chairman & co-founder of So She Cosmetics, Inc

1 Comment so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Rachael June 27, 2013 at 3:53 am -

    Paula, stop talking and go on with your life. Matt you are a real butthead.