Food Network Is Not Renewing Deen's Contract

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.

The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen's contract when it expires at the end of the month.

Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing "Paula's Home Cooking" in 2002 and added "Paula's Best Dishes" in 2008.

Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past.

The lawsuit was filed against Paula Deen and her brother, who are accused of racial and sexual discrimination by one of her former restaurant managers.

In a deposition filed in federal courts in Savannah, Deen was asked if she ever used the “N-word”. Her response was, “Yes, of course.”

Deen insists she and her and brother are against using slurs in “any cruel or mean behavior.”

The network's announcement came just hours after she posted a video Friday online apologizing for her past mistakes.


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