Controversial Food Network cook and host Paula Deen published two video (below) apologies today, but pulled the first one.
Deen is accused of using the "n-word' in a civil lawsuit by Lisa Jackson, an ex-employee who has accused Deen and her brother of racial and sexual discrimination.
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*ggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” Jackson's lawsuit claims Deen said. “Now that would be a true southern wedding, wouldn’t it? But we can’t do that because the media would be on me about that.”
In her deposition, in response to the lawsuit, Deen was asked if she ever used the n-word and said: “Yes, of course."
Deen also admitted that her family members, including her husband, have told jokes that included the n-word. Deen was asked if she was offended by her husband telling her jokes with the n-word and she said: “No, because it’s my husband."
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done,” Deen said today in the first apology video, which was copied by RawStory.com.
“I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners. I beg for your forgiveness,” said Deen.
However, that video was pulled and Deen, later, uploaded the second apology, which claimed she was not the type of person that was being portrayed in the media.
"I’ve spent the past 24 years to help myself and others. Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me. But it’s what’s in the heart, and my family and I try to live by that,” claimed Deen.
However, both apologies did not seem to convince the Food Network, which announced it is not renewing her contract, reported the Associated Press on Twitter.
Deen was haunted by her past again today when TalkingPointsMemo.com published part of her 2006 autobiography, in which she recalled creating a new hamburger that she wanted to call a "Sambo Burger,” but was prevented from doing so by the producers of her TV show:
One day, Sam was on my set because we were doing a show about motorcycles, and we were standin’ around talking about these burgers and I told him, ‘Sam I am going to do that burger on the show. We’ll call it after you—the Sambo Burger. You know—Sam, Beau. Sounds great, doesn’t it?’
Deen said the "Sambo Burger" was renamed the “Beau Burger."