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Paula Deen's Contract Is Toast After Quick-Fire Criticism

NPR | June 21, 2013 2:59 p.m. | Updated: June 21, 2013 5:27 p.m.

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Dana Farrington

Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while her recipes are known for their bacon and butter, she and her family don't indulge in them every day.

Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes. She tells NPR's Steve Inskeep that while her recipes are known for their bacon and butter, she and her family don't indulge in them every day.

Chia Chong

Paula Deen’s contract with The Food Network expires at the end of June — and it won’t be renewed.

The celebrity chef faced a barrage of criticism after the National Enquirer reported that Deen admitted to using the N-word in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit against her. (For more details, check out this close read of the deposition in our Code Switch blog.)

Deen released multiple apology videos Friday. As BuzzFeed reports, the first video “toggled between public and private for an hour before it was completely removed, replaced by a longer version.”

In the second video, she says she wants to “learn and grow from this” and that “inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”

But wait, there’s more. The news also follows a missed appearance on NBC’s Today show. As The Atlantic Wire reports:

“In the middle of Today‘s 7 a.m. hour, Matt Lauer made the announcement that Deen had scheduled an exclusive live interview with Today — and that she simply did not show up.”

Deen released a third video apologizing to host Matt Lauer for not showing up, saying: “The last 48 hours have been very, very hard. And you know, I’m a strong woman, but today I wasn’t. This morning I was not.”

NPR’s Kathy Lohr tells our Newscast Desk:

“Deen is trying to stave off criticism from all corners, including her fans. She makes millions each year from TV shows, cookbooks and personal appearances.”

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