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Food Network Cancels Paula Deen's Contract

Jacqueline Jackson |
June 22, 2013 | 10:26 a.m. PDT

Executive Producer

Paula Deen | YouTube Apology Video
Paula Deen | YouTube Apology Video
Just days after issues of using multiple racial epithets swirled around Food Network star Paula Deen the network cancelled all of her upcoming shows by not renewing her contract. The network released the statement after Deen posted a YouTube video asking for forgiveness for what she says are things that hurt her friends, fans, family and others.

The Food Network star is being served a lawsuit by Lisa Jackson, the former manager of a Savannah, Georgia restaurant, Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House. The $1.2 million lawsuit states that her use of racial slurs towards Jews and African Americans caused an extremely uncomfortable work enviornment for not just Jackson but other employees. However, it is not the lawsuit specifically but key words Deen said in a deposition that shed light on the issue over the past days.

A copy of the disposition surfaced and contained transcript of Deen discussing a "plantation style wedding" and her use of the "n-word" amoung family and friends as well as a specific occasion with her husband after she was robbed at gunpoint. Also, when Deen was asked if she had ever used the "n-word" she is quoted as saying, "of course."

READ: The Full Deposition Here

Once these reports were released The Food Network released a statement saying they were monitoring the situation closely on Thursday but on Friday when Deen posted a YouTube video apologizes for her comments The Food Network responded immediately and cancelled any upcoming shows.

WATCH: Paula Deen's Apology Video

WATCH: Commentary From The Young Turks on Paula Deen's Comments

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