Paula Deen made her much anticipated appearance on “The Today Show” this morning and attempted to convince Matt Lauer and the public that she is not a racist. Deen insisted that she only ever used the n-word once, during the incident mentioned in her deposition, and went on to say, “If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I’m not changing.” And neither is my opinion of you, Paula. Bye, y’all! Watch the full interview above. [MSNBC]
“Paula and Bubba just gave us beer and alcohol and I don’t even drink. It was insulting and unfair. I was like, ‘Pay me! She knew I had just gotten married. I had a baby on the way. I needed the money and I was the only one to step up and complain over it because half of the kitchen just needed their jobs. I was fired over it in the end because I’m not afraid to speak my mind.”
––Oh, Paula, Paula, Paula. This is the new claim made by an African-American oyster cook that was employed at one of Paula Deen’s restaurants from 2008 to 2010. He claims that Deen threatened to fire her employees if they did not work overtime at the parties she held at her Savannah, Georgia, mansion. It’s been a (rightfully!) rough week for Deen, who last week publicly apologized for racist comments and lost her show at the Food Network. Stay tuned for more dodgy stories coming out. [Radar Online]
“The whole entire waiter staff was middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful white jackets with a black bow tie. I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America … after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War … It was not only black men, it was black women … I would say they were slaves.”
– Holy fucking hell Paula Deen. The Food TV personality admitted that she’d hired black cater waiters to simulate pre-Civil War-era slaves for a colonial-themed wedding. The statement was made during her deposition in regards to a lawsuit in which former black employees of her Savannah, Georgia, restaurant claimed Deen and her brother Bubba forced them to use separate bathrooms and repeatedly used the N-word.
According to Lisa Jackson, who worked as a general manager at the Savannah outpost, Deen was prone to making offensive comments about black people. In her deposition, Jackson said that Deen once told her,”Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*****s 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. 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.” Keep reading »
Lover of butter, endorser of the deep-fried everything, daytime drinker Paula Deen has revealed that she can’t eat her own fatty foods anymore. The 64-year-old chef has admitted that she suffers from Type-2 diabetes. I guess this means no more deep fried mac n’ cheese recipes. No more butter tower photo ops. And no more endorsing cheesecake as a breakfast food. Deen has allegedly signed on to be a spokeswoman for the diabetes drug Novartis. [How convenient, waiting to reveal her diagnosis until she could make a buck off it. -- Editor] I guess she’s going to have to re-brand herself as a healthy chef now. I’m glad she’ll be eating healthy and hopefully encouraging the country to do the same, but some small part of me will miss watching her eat fried Twinkies. [The Daily]
Although no one has quite figured out where to purchase it, we hear that Paula Deen has a mouth watering line of lip balm perfect for the person looking to “put a little South on your mouth.” Aren’t we all? Allegedly,Paula’s chapstick comes in butter flavor, banana pudding, or key lime pie. Yum! I’ll take one of each, please, as soon as I figure out where they’re sold. Ooh, and maybe a stick in deep-fried Oreo flavor? Click through to check out more of the world’s weirdest lip balms. [Grubstreet]