Paula Deen Apologizes (Yet Again) For Using The N-Word
Paula Deen is continuing her national apology tour for admitting to making racist remarks. The controversial cooking queen is trying to plot a comeback after being dropped by the Food Network and almost all of her sponsors last year after admitting under oath to using the N-word. Appearing last weekend at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival in Miami, Deen said she was ready to move forward after a tumultuous 2013.
“I am not a quitter. We have come off of a very hard summer, my family and I, my team, my partners,” she said. “But you know, I have heard on more than one occasion … that I’ve never apologized. So if anybody did not hear me apologize, I would like to apologize to those who did not hear me.”
Deen’s comeback attempt comes on the heels of investment firm Najafi Companies investment between $75-100 million to get her back on top of the cooking market. They are looking to sell her products in airline magazines and also develop an umbrella company, Paula Deen Ventures.
Deen’s admission of using the N-word came as part of a $1.2 million sexual and racial harassment lawsuit filed by Lisa Jackson, a former manager at Deen’s restaurants in Savannah, against both her and her brother. Deen admitted under oath that they both used the term and told racist jokes among friends. After being dropped by the Food Network, she was then dropped by QVC and Smithfield Foods, who she had a line of products with called the Paula Deen Collection.
However, the pork company said it would immediately terminating its relationship with the Southern cooking queen. “Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind,” said the company in a statement. “Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader, and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned.”