Celebrity chef Paula Deen went on the "Today" show on Wednesday morning to defend herself against accurate media reports that she admitted to using the "N-word" in a deposition in a civil suit.
Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, are being sued by ex-employee Lisa T. Jackson for racial and sexual discrimination.
An emotional Dean said on the "Today" show she had only used the "N-word" once and regretted it.
However, Deen's weepy appearance on the "Today" show didn't seem to help as Walmart, Home Depot and the Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced they were ending their affiliations with her.
On top of that, there are now new allegations of racism and homophobia by a second former employee, Renee Mincey McDonald, notes the Daily Mail.
McDonald recently told the National Enquirer that she often heard Deen use the "N-word" from 1998 to 2003 when she worked at Deen’s Lady & Sons restaurant in Savannah, Georgia.
According to the National Enquirer, McDonald said black employees were "treated like animals" and Deen would "refer to homosexuals as f******."
"N***** was Paul’s favorite word – she used it all the time! I’ve heard Paula specifically say she did not want any n***** working in front of the house as hostesses, waiters or bussers," said McDonald.
"She only wanted them working in the back of the restaurant where the patrons couldn’t see them."
Deen's rep told the National Enquirer that she denied using the derogatory terms when referring to black and gay employees, and denied that she did not want black employees in the front of her restaurant.
Source: Daily Mail