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Paula Deen Couldn't Take The Heat, But Should She Have Been Kicked Out Of The Kitchen?

Christianna Wiggins |
June 24, 2013 | 6:58 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

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With her sweet accent and even sweeter recipes, Southern belle Paula Deen has found fame as a premier chef on the Food Network channel in the past 11 years. However, the chef has been let go from the station since the revelation from the lips of Deen herself that she is no stranger to using racial slurs. 

Deen is currently being sued by the former manager of her restaurant in Savannah, GA, Lisa Jackson. Jackson alleges that Deen uses hateful, discriminatory language, including referring to the African American waiters as the N word. Whilst Deen denied calling any of her staff the N word, she did not deny her past use of the racial slur. 

During the deposition of the trial Deen was asked "Have you ever used the N word yourself?"

To which the chef shockingly replied "Yes, of course."

When asked to give context upon how she used the word in the past, Deen said "Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head." The attorney then asked her "well, then, when did you use it?" Deen responded "Probably telling my husband." 

The Food Network quickly cancelled the continuation of Deen's contract beyond the end of this month after the previous statements went viral.

While it may seem a tad bit hasty for the network to fire the popular chef over the racial scandal, it was in the Food Network's best interest to do so in order to maintain their reputation as a wholesome, family friendly station. An alleged racist doesn't exactly fit in with the spunky, girl next door Rachel Ray or the quirky, but motherly Gina Neely. 

Even though Deen has recently apologized to her viewers and fans alike, her statement seemed both rushed and forced when delivered via YouTube in 40 seconds. And when given the opportunity to express her sentiments further on the Today show, Deen was a no-show. 

Soon after her noted absence, the Southern chef released a second apology video, which was longer but no more moving than the first, and certainly not enough to save her career at the Food Network. 

Deen has also been criticized for reportedly disclosing to Lisa Jackson that she wanted the following at her brother's wedding: "What I would really like is a bunch of little n*****s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black short and black bow ties…you know, in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around." According to the National Enquirer.

With statements such as the aforementioned continuing to surface, there is no question that the Food Network made the right decision in regards to firing Deen. The honorable station need not lose viewers because it appears that Paula Deen hasn't adapted her vocabulary to match the diversity of the 21st century. 

Reach staff reporter Christianna Wiggins here. 



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