"Paula Deen, the self-proclaimed queen of Southern cooking and a sugary mainstay of the Food Network, was dropped by the network on Friday, following a bewildering day in which she failed to show up for an interview on the ‘Today’ show and then in two online videos begged her family and audience for forgiveness for using racist language," writes Julia Molskin at the website of The New York Times.
A Food Network spokeswoman told the Times that the network would not renew Deen’s contract when it expires in nine days, at the end of June.
Adds the Times, "Deen has faced a volley of criticism this week over her remarks in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit by a former employee. In the document, she admitted she had used racial epithets, tolerated racist jokes and condoned pornography in the workplace."
The story continues, "In her first video on Friday, posted on YouTube and later removed, Ms. Deen, near tears, said: ‘I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.’
"In a longer video posted later in the afternoon, Ms. Deen appeared more composed. ‘Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter,’ she said, adding, ‘I was wrong, yes, I’ve worked hard, and I have made mistakes but that is no excuse and I offer my sincere apology to those that I have hurt, and I hope that you forgive me because this comes from the deepest part of my heart.’ "
Also, asTVWeek previously reported today, Deen was supposed to be on the "Today" show this morning, but was a no-show, which upset "Today" co-host Matt Lauer.