Controversial celebrity cook, Paula Deen, appeared on the "Today" show on Wednesday to address what she called “hurtful lies” that left her “heartbroken.”
Last week, Deen was a no-show for her interview with host Matt Lauer, and claimed she was in a "state of shock."
“There’s been some very, very hurtful lies said about me, I believe that every creature on this Earth ... was created equal ... I believe that everyone should be treated equal," Deen said, without naming the actual lies (video below).
According to Mediaite.com, at one point, Lauer asked: “Are you a racist?”
“No,” Deen responded, but admitted that she had used the “n word."
“The day I used that word it was a world ago, years ago,” Deen said. “I had a gun put to my head, a shaking gun because the man that had the gun to my head, unbeknowning [sic] to me was my customer at the main [bank] office.”
However, Deen admitted in her deposition that she had used the "n-word' after the bank robbery incident.
"I'm sure I have, but it's been a very long time ... I don't know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me," Deen said, notes the Huffington Post.
Deen told Lauer: “There’s a couple of kinds of people that I don’t like that I am prejudiced against, Matt, and that’s thieves and liars.
"And I know as well as I’m sitting here with you, I know how I treat people, I know my love for people, and I’m not going to sit here and tell everything that I have done for people of color. I’m not going to do it. Somebody else can tell that," claimed Deen, who wrote in her 1996 autobiography how she created a "Sambo Burger."
Deen added: “I believe that every creature on this Earth, every one of God’s creatures was created equal, no matter who you choose to go to bed at night with, no matter what church you go to pray, I believe that everyone should be treated equal. And that’s the way I was raised. And that’s the way that I lived my life. I have never with any intention hurt anybody on purpose and I never would. What you see is what you get … I’m heartbroken."
Deen then resorted to the Bible for her defense.
“I tell you what, if there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wished that that they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me," Deen said. "I is what I is, and I’m not changing. And there’s someone evil out there that had saw what I had worked for, and they wanted it."