Paula Deen Finally, and Awkwardly, Says Sorry

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June 21 2013 5:15 PM

Paula Deen's (Super) Awkward Apology Videos Weren't Enough to Save Her Job

Sometimes two apology videos aren't enough to save your job. The Food Network announced late this afternoon that it will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month. The news came less than two hours after the celebrity chef released a pair of awkward videos apologizing for what she called her "inappropriate, hurtful language."

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Those videos, in turn, came after she bailed this morning on a scheduled appearance on the Today show where she had been expected to face (rather soft) questions about the recent revelation of her past penchant of using the N-word—along with her wish to stage a "Southern plantation style" wedding complete with black waiters acting as slaves.


Here was the first video, which you may notice bears a striking resemblance to a hostage video:

And here's the second, slightly less awkward video that she posted online shortly after the first:

The two weren't enough to save her job. Although at least they were better than her non-apology from yesterday, when she blamed her Southern heritage for her offensive language. For a full recap of Deen-gate, the Daily Beast has you covered here.

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Correction: In an earlier version of this post, Paula Deen's last name was briefly misspelled.

This post, originally published at 3:05 p.m., has been updated with additional information as it became available.


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