Paula Deen Cancels ‘Today’ Show Appearance

Celebrity chef was scheduled to face questions about alleged racial slurs

Paula Deen’s public image continues to spoil as the celeb cook abruptly canceled her scheduled interview on “The Today Show” this morning.

Deen had been slated to sit down with Matt Lauer in order to address her headline-making past use of racial slurs, and NBC promoted the interview as an exclusive, live appearance. A rep from the Deen camp, however, told “Today” and Lauer last minute this morning that the Food Network star would not be partaking in the interview, citing “exhaustion.”

Deen evidently forged new plans for addressing the racial slur controversy, teasing on Twitter this ayem that she will be releasing a video shortly.

The Food Network, which saw Deen’s rise to foodie fame, issued a statement earlier in the week regarding Deen’s admission that she did use racial slurs in the past: “Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation.”

When contacted about Deen being a no-show on “Today,” Food Network did not have comment.

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  1. Brenda M says:

    People are always so quick to point a finger. She should of never used that word but we all make mistakes. We might not use that word but we have all done something we are not proud of she just got caught because she is in the public eye.

  2. Diane says:

    I never use this word? But it’s a word quite often used by a community that thinks nothing of it? I don’t think you should silence anyone for using a word, it’s as wrong as the word itself.
    Free Speech even offensive speech should be protected, until whitey,cracker,and white girl or boy are treated with the same contempt,she should keep her job.
    It’s just sad.

  3. govskeptic says:

    It’s always the holier than thou that jump in with the nasty self-righteous comments. Demands
    for an apology are always called for, and then criticized and dismissed by the same demanding media. Mrs. Deen will be just fine emotionally and financially without the Food Network.

  4. Su Sesso says:

    She’s from the south… that’s her mentality… ignorant and backwards!

    • Lina says:

      And that my friend is a prejudiced comment within itself. I am from the south and not ignorant or backwards! Stop showing your ignorance by stereotyping!! You are not better!!

  5. PP says:

    She needs to go away. Too many “errors.” She should retire to private life

  6. Elizabeth says:

    I was just in Target and saw her product and became angry. What a way for her to ruin her image. She needs help.

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