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article imageFood Network tosses celebrity chef Paula Deen

By Kay Mathews     Jun 21, 2013 in Business
Savannah - Reports indicate the Food Network will not renew Deen's contract that is set to expire at the end of June. This move comes on the heels of the celebrity chef admitting to using a racial slur. Deen currently hosts two shows for the network.
As reported on Digital Journal, Paula Deen is embroiled in a racial discrimination lawsuit. According to that report, a transcript from her deposition indicates that "When asked if she ever used the 'N' word Deen replied, 'Yes, of course,' sounding as if it were common for everyone to use the word."
Today the Huffington Post was among a number of news organizations to first report on a brief statement issued by the Food Network, which said, "Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month."
Deen, 66, is currently the host of Paula's Best Dishes and Paula's Home Cooking for the network.
The television shows are only one component of the food-related business empire Deen and her family built from scratch. She has numerous product endorsements, has authored a number of cookbooks, including "Southern Style" and "The Lady and Sons Savannah Country Cookbook," and owns two restaurants in Savannah, Ga. The Lady & Sons is located in Savannah's downtown historic district and Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House is located just off of Highway 80 East on the way to Tybee Island.
The Lady & Sons restaurant.  Savannah  Ga.
The Lady & Sons restaurant. Savannah, Ga.
"Sons" refers to Jamie and Bobby Deen, who are the children of Paula and her first husband, Jimmy. "Uncle Bubba" is Paula's younger brother Earl Hiers.
A Savannah-area station, WSAV, has posted the court documents on its website and it appears that, with the exception of the sons being specifically named, individuals in and the business empire of Paula Deen are listed as "Defendants" in the civil action: Paula Deen, Paula Deen Enterprises, LLC, The Lady & Sons, LLC, TheLady Enterprises, Inc., Earl W. “Bubba” Hiers, and Uncle Bubba’s Seafood & Oyster House, Inc.
Moreover, WSAV reports that the scandal may impact a marketing agreement that Deen has with Caesars Entertainment along with a restaurant located inside one of their properties. WSAV notes that Gary Thompson, Director of Corporate Communications for Caesars Entertainment Corporation, owners of Harrahs Casino, issued a statement saying,
 Hey Y all  is a popular saying of Paula Deen s that is featured on some of her merchandise.  Gift s...
"Hey Y'all" is a popular saying of Paula Deen's that is featured on some of her merchandise. Gift shop at The Lady & Sons restaurant. Savannah, Ga.
Paula Deen has acknowledged using a racial slur in the past. As a company with a longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, Caesars Entertainment is deeply disturbed by what we are reading in the press and strongly object to any use of racial epithets. We will continue to monitor the situation.
Deen will no longer be bringing "a southern touch to Food Network with her shows," but it remains to be seen if she will be saying "bye y'all," instead of her usual "hey y'all," to other parts of her business empire. One thing seems clear, however, as we say in the South, Deen's gotten herself into a mess of trouble.
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