Celebrity TV chef Paula Deen, who fell from grace more than a year ago over her admitted use of the N-word, resurfaced on NBC’s “Today” show in an interview segment this morning with Matt Lauer.
Time magazine reports that Deen appeared along with her two sons and admitted that her infamous interview on the show a year ago — in which she declared “I is what I is” while attempting to apologize for using racial slurs — was a mistake. The “Today” clip from a year ago became a viral sensation and continues to haunt Deen.
This time around, she was more decisive with her apology, saying: “My words hurt people. They disappointed people, and quite frankly I disappointed myself. And for that I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry for the hurt I caused people. Because it went deep.”
The report adds: “It was a ‘dark and difficult year,’ Lauer recalled to Deen … . The celebrity chef lost her Food Network show in 2013 after a leaked deposition revealed she admitted using the N-word ‘a very long time’ ago, and also that she had planned to host a ‘Southern plantation-styled’ wedding featuring African-American servants.”
Deen agreed with Lauer, adding: “That was a woman in trauma, shock, trying to understand what happened. And you know the cold hard fact, Matt, is I probably should not have been here. I should have been home, maybe under the care of a doctor.”
Deen’s appearance was in part a promotion for her new endeavor, The Paula Deen Network, a digital content site. She recently obtained rights to her programming from The Food Network, which will be a part of the site, and she intends to air 20 additional new shows each week, the story notes.
“Other things to look forward to? A documentary showing her side of the story will premiere exclusively on the digital network. Oh, and there might be a book,” the report adds.
Here’s a clip: