June 21st, 2013
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Celebrity chef Paula Deen acknowledged in a lawsuit deposition that she used a racial epithet. The lawsuit was filed by Lisa T. Jackson - a manager at Deen's restaurants in Savannah, Georgia - who is suing Deen and her brother over allegations of sexual and racial harassment. Deen's lawyer has called the allegations false. Read the transcript of the deposition here.

Previously:
Paula Deen – From the frying pan to the firestorm
Hugh Acheson: Southern food beyond the butter
The cook who picks cotton: reclaiming my roots
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  1. kayeo

    Once upon a time, in 2012, when Paula was served with the papers for the lawsuit, she could have counter offered the $1.2 million dollar amount asked for, paid up, and settled the claim out of court. Then she could have kicked Bubba's lazy butt out the door and hired a real professional manager to run Bubba's who would treat employees properly, who was not a racist, and who didn't watch porn on a computer for all to see. Then the deposition would have never come up and no one would have ever asked her if she used the "n" word. And we wouldn't know all this stuff and make all these comments. Then Paula could have continued her cooking shows and you would have loved her for using so much butter and licking her fingers from the mayonnaise jar, then shoving giant portions of food in her mouth while talking, and making raunchy little remarks about doing a rub on a piece of meat (if you caught that episode). And we all would live happily ever after. .

    July 5, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
    • RC

      And where's the fun in that?

      July 13, 2013 at 12:59 pm |
  2. Sassy

    Having been through a deposition myself, after being fired for being a whistleblower, I know personally how grueling a deposition can be. I was the plaintiff and the defense attorney accused me of everything from embezzlement to alcoholism to sleeping with a subordinates husband. Attorney's jobs are not to find the truth but to win a case at any cost.

    How many of the people sounding off actually read the transcript from the deposition? The attorney constantly interrupted her, made allegations, manipulated what she said, and it was his questioning not her answers that were intended to convict Paula of racism. Read it carefully – she never said or even implied that she wanted slave reenactment for bubba's wedding. Nor did SHE say she wanted to use "n*****r boys for the wedding. If it does – please tell me what page and line. Otherwise – quit making up crap to support your viewpoint folks!

    July 4, 2013 at 8:42 am |
    • lilnoise2

      your are right it was Lisa Jackson that said Paula said those things, in her depo

      July 4, 2013 at 7:07 pm |
    • Marmalade

      Absolutely right!! All these people mud slinging really do not sound as if they've read anything but the headlines; they probaby don'twatch her show because while she 'touts' butter (likely she's got an endorsement deal for that actually), she really doesn't use that much of it and yeah, she does talk about dropping her balls (meatballs) or rubbing her meat (roasts) but really, has anyone really watched cartoons? They have a lot of 'hidden sexual' content in them too. :p

      From reading the depositions of Jackson, Deen, Summerlin...this is just a run at Paula's bank account. Had anyone else stood up and challenged an exhortionist, they would have been heros.

      July 11, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
      • lilnoise2

        I won't go that far, there are some issues that may have caused her fall, maybe she should have take care of the complaints that her employees were making against him(Bubba)

        July 11, 2013 at 3:29 pm |
        • Parker

          Her brother seems to be a big part of the problem. No one functions well on cocaine and alcohol. She ignored all the complaints about him from stealing to watching porno in the kitchen.

          July 12, 2013 at 1:41 am |
  3. Maria

    I thought in the beginning that all of these sponsors dropping her so fast because she used the N word was way too much. But I actually read her testimony. She deserves everything that is coming to her. She allowed her racist brother to terrorize the Blacks that worked in the restaurant they owned together. Not to hire Blacks to work in the front of the restaurant! Wow. I'm sorry, I'm sure the sponsors did their research before they made the determination to drop her. Good Luck Paula! We are no longer in the 50's and 60's. You just can't do what you want when it comes to civil rights!

    June 29, 2013 at 10:25 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      If more people read into things rather than take a neighbor's opinion as their own, we'd be a lot better off.

      Another good example is the Healthcare Act (dubbed "Obama care by the most wise Republican party). If people read even part of the 2300 page document made available we wouldn't have grandmas in front of me trying to "educate" me on how it will bring the country to it's knees. Lol @ grandma.

      July 1, 2013 at 11:33 am |
      • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

        Why moderated?

        /facepalm

        July 1, 2013 at 11:34 am |
    • Melissa S

      FYI if you have a southern plantation style wedding, movie , or TV show for that matter most of the black people would have been slaves if it is a Civil War or before theme. There aren't slaves in America today unless they play a part or are involved in the sex slave trafficking. NONE of the black people living today have been slaves. NO white person living today has ever owned a slave (unless like I said it is a women/man sold into sex trafficking). I am sorry that African Americans were sold into slavery by their own people or captured by the slave traders. If we look at the statistics then MOST African Americans have more privileges and better opportunities than the Africans who are still living in Africa. I am not saying that the past wasn't horrible for slaves, but it couldn't have been so terrible or none of the decedents of those slaves would be alive today. Yes having slaves is wrong, but I don't think Paula said "All N words should be slaves". No she said a bad word in a conversation and mentioned that she liked a certain style for a wedding southern plantation which just happened to be during the Civil War or earlier. She didn't even say the word in the same sentence or in the same conversation (year for that matter). How do you get that she thinks black people should be slaves from the statement? She called the waiters at the restaurant she wanted to copy for the wedding professional and fabulous. I doubt that slave owners described their slaves as professional or fabulous with beautiful attire. Yes, Paula admitted she said the word. She also apologized, but just type in Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaji, and Fat Joe and you will hear them using a similar term and the only difference in the people saying the word is the color of their skin and also the fact that Wal-Mart, Target, and Jc Penny(sales Nicki Minaji perfume) still have their products! I believe that is the biggest hypocrisy if the word is bad then it should not be used or acceptable for use by any group (we are supposed to be equal aren’t we?)! Now if they find that her company is guilty of discrimination in any form sexual or racial, then I say stop distributing her products. I don’t believe it was fair for the companies to fire her before she is found guilty. She also has more integrity than our past President Bill Clinton since she told the truth under oath, but unfortunately telling the truth has probably cost her millions and Bill’s lie didn’t even cost him anything. What a great message we send to the youth of today! Watch what you say (if you are this race), it is okay to lie to save yourself, if they catch you in a lie oh well, it is okay to cheat on your wife, but if you tell the truth you might lose everything!
      Oh and I do my research I read the 149 page Paula interview and all the media clips are out of order/context and if anything Paula seemed out of touch with what has happening at Uncle Bubba's but you blame the managers for that not the founder (most of this happened in 1996ish I believe so why is it just coming out now? Also why did she have so much of a backlash over being fat with diabetes (and her unhealthy cooking habits), lost weight now another scandal (maybe someone is targeting Deen's empire)??

      July 2, 2013 at 2:05 am |
      • lilnoise2

        you made my point even clearer, since this theme was during or before the civil war, why would someone want that type of theme TODAY ? and Paula herself knew it would cause an uproar with the media, so your are giving her more credit than she gave herself, who would want to hurt people knowingly.no one said there are slaves today we both live in the real world I would like to think.I think you have the wrong idea about Africa and African Americans two different people and two different places, of course Americans have better opportunities than Africans because Americans or not Africans, you are so wrong about decedents of slaves there are some living today and living then was more than terrible it was horrible.where are you coming from no one said Paula said all Black people should be slaves maybe that's what you think, it doesn't matter when she said it or in what sentence, she was entertaining the thought which puts her in that frame of mind( time during slavery)which would be hurtful to lots of people Black and White. as far as entertainers using those words that is a whole different thing you can try to make it the same if that makes you feel better, that that is not right either, but it is consider a slang in Rap music, and that still does not make it right.don't you think that all those companies did their homework before they dropped her, I think that would be stupid of them to act so quickly if they didn't have hard facts and proof, I'm just saying ... to lie is never ok no matter what RACE you are, so are you saying if you are Black are "N" word as you put it watch what you say ? you should watch what you say what ever Race you are right?well I hope this all works out and the world finds out the truth, people should watch what they say around other people, that is the message here....

        July 2, 2013 at 11:59 am |
        • Marmalade

          Have you watched TLC's 'Say Yes to the dress', "Four Weddings", etc? 'Plantation' themed weddings are huge in the south. Some of the old plantations were in fact 'turned into' wedding businesses. I think we could all 'autopsy' every sentence someone says and twist them to fit just about any theme we could imagine. I'm really getting sick of social media and I might just quit looking at everything. It's gone too far and there are really mean people using this crap as an excuse to cover their OWN bad behavior. People have responded pretty badly to whatever ills they think Paula has done. ...hypocrits!!

          July 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm |
    • Sassy

      Where in the deposition did Paula say she wanted only white people at the front of the restaurant? It was an attorney asking her about an accusation that was made about her brother. She said she did not agree with that. Re-read it! Are we all responsible for our family's behavior? Your argument is idiotic.

      July 4, 2013 at 8:52 am |
      • Sassy

        This reply was to Maria's comment.

        July 4, 2013 at 8:54 am |
      • lilnoise2

        That was said in Lisa Jackson's depo

        July 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm |
      • Marmalade

        Hooters only allows young, pretty females in hot pants in the front of their restaraunt....

        July 11, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
        • lilnoise2

          oh so are you making this about dress code ??? I think it was about color according to Lisa Jackson

          July 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm |
        • lilnoise2

          So should Paula only allow pretty, young females in the front ?

          July 12, 2013 at 1:36 pm |
  4. Galina Galanos

    It is disgusting to notice how a greedy former employee can so easily destroy someone as valuable as Ms. Deen, based on the use of a single word over her life. It seems all Ms. Deen has ever done is worthless, just because somehow, someday, she uttered an offending word. And people say witch hunting is something we've left behind!

    June 29, 2013 at 9:16 am |
    • Pam

      I agree with you..it really pisses me off how I hear that word daily, it alright for them to go each other that word and worst, and if people look in the dictionary it is definite to be a sorry,lazy person...well it used to be in there when I was growing up and I am 53. Lived on a tobacco farm when growing up so I worked, eat , and my best friends were and still are colored and they even said it was stupid for all this mess. She is just greedy and Paula is a great source..

      June 29, 2013 at 4:41 pm |
      • lilnoise2

        "Colored" really ?

        July 1, 2013 at 11:04 am |
        • Marmalade

          Linoise...there were years that I never mentioned a race in conjunction to 'African American' people. I am pushing 50 and grew up in Virginia. First it was blacks, then it went to negros, then it went to colored, then back to black, then back to negros, than africans, than african american, now it's people of color...there is a bit of confusion about what they want to be called.

          July 11, 2013 at 1:59 pm |
        • lilnoise2

          Marmalade... sounds like you need a lesson on what Black Americans were called and the order they were called, first they were called COLORED(not their choice) then came NEGROS(not their choice) then Blacks and then African Americans, and FYI People of Color are Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian,ect either you are misinformed or your state of Virginia is. This is common knowledge. so if there is any confusion it lies with you being uneducated about such.What they want to be called is PEOPLE ...

          July 12, 2013 at 1:48 pm |
  5. Timbuck2

    This is an interesting fight...no black people involved...damn!

    June 28, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
  6. Bev

    Paula is gracious, self-made, single parent of two sons, loving wife and grandma. She is being raked over the coals for being truthful. I will continue to support Paula and I will stop supporting the companies that smear her name. Her supporters will continue to stand by the Deen family and their business endeavors. Stay strong Paula. Your friends and fans have your back.

    June 25, 2013 at 2:47 pm |
    • Nancy

      Paula is a misogynist who kept her employee down though she worked very, very hard and did an excellent job. When she was told she'd NEVER be compensated equal to a man and that she'd never be promoted above a man, Paula became the world's worst Hypocrite! How dare she hold a woman DOWN for doing a good job. She allowed and indeed laughed about her brothers sexual harassment and pornography displayed on the computers in the restaurants and did use many ugly racist remarks. I'm a mother and a grandmother of girls and I'll be DAMNED if the cracker gets a break. And, I'm a 63 year old Caucasian living in Maryland. I have zero compassion for her and I used to buy all of her stuff. Never again!

      June 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Joyce

      hey Bev make sure you and your friends read the transcripts, before you have her back, don't you think that reserch and investigation was done before they let her go ? if that was not the case don't you think Paula Deen would be counter suing those companies? she is only suing Lisa Jackson for slander ....

      June 30, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • becky

        You can't seriously be that naive.....

        July 13, 2013 at 1:46 am |
        • lilnoise2

          Iam not , but maybe you are, it's common sense. why is Paula not fighting these companies back ? they know she should have at lease got rid of her brother, but she did nothing, as a result of those issues they cut her loose. don't we all live in the real world....

          July 13, 2013 at 11:31 am |
  7. Louise

    I too am Southern Belle, born before civil rights became a major issue. I may also have used a word that was not considered derogatory, but descriptive, until greater knowledge prevailed in the 60"s and language was change to reflect greater dignity to our African American brothers and sisters.Did my family own slaves? Did I own slaves? Was I around to protect or reflect behavior now considered to be harmful? NO. Why do the people that I look up to have to be constantly held to a higher standard just because of skin color. Even the champion of the African American people, Dr King, said to judge a person not by the color of their skin but the content of their heart. Who truly believes that Paula Dean lacks a good and wholesome content in her Heart? She iis is a business woman ,smart and successful. As for dropping her from Food Network., so be it. You have other "stars" that are much more objectionable to me, in manner of dress or type of show. So, I can chose to watch the network or not. My choice.
    As for Smithfield Comp., having just been bought by a Chinese company, who knows what will happen to the quality of that product. It is ludicrous tha tca company owned by China, with it racial and economic slavery of many of it's people, would venture into the world or ethics based on what was identified as a "racial slur". Maybe China will spend more time protecting unborn female children if they have to consecrate of what a woman said 40 years ago in America!

    June 25, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • Parker

      The merger w/ Shuanghui International has not been completed. Regulatory approval is still pending. But, your outrage and/or boycott may be a positive against the sale. If the fourth-quarter profits fall too much because of lower sales, it could derail the approval. Any company can fire their spokesperson. It's all about the bottom line.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Joyce

      Louise it's not only what she said 30 years ago it's about what she is still saying today, did u read the transcripts, that may shed light on what's going on now and how all this came about, out of Paula"s own mouth she said she wanted to give her brother a southern wedding with black men dressed like plantation workers/ slaves , tell me how in the 2000's
      could that be beautiful, that is very offensive to black people world wide, she wanted , according to the transcripts a bunch of little "n****rs" to be dressed like back in the Shirley Temple days like when they tapped danced, she also made jokes and used the "N" work at her work place, if you haven't read the transcript yet please do, there is no way all those companies could let her go without an investigation and their findings were very clear to the world.

      June 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
      • Melissa S

        Did you read it? She did not say N word to describe the black middle age waiters she said professional, fabulous, and beautifully attired!

        July 2, 2013 at 2:12 am |
        • lilnoise2

          you are right, but according to Lisa Jackson that is what she said.

          July 5, 2013 at 3:16 pm |
  8. sugar

    Oh so what everyone has used the word. I think this has gotten out of control to go that far with it and drop her show she seem fun and make her show fun. I would love to go to one of her restaurant and eat some of her food.

    June 25, 2013 at 9:47 am |
    • Nancy

      If you read the charges, this has NOTHING to do with using the N word. NOTHING.

      June 28, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Joyce

      sugar I don't know anyone as rich and popular as Paula Deen who uses the "N" word in a place of business and , make jokes openly and speaks about having a bunch of "N" word (black men) dressed like plantation workers/ slaves
      for a wedding she wanted to plan for her brother. Clearly we live in 2 different worlds.if you haven't read the transcripts please read them, everyone should be smart enough to know that all this did not happen over something she said 30 years ago, please believe all the companies that dropped her did their homework, if it was a lie Paula would have a hell of a counter suit, no the case she is as quite as a church mouse, she is only suing Lisa Jackson for slander, Because Lisa told all Paula's secrets the world now knows the real Paula Deen Thank You Lisa....

      June 30, 2013 at 5:38 pm |
      • Melissa S

        She also never said she made jokes in front of people at work and she only spent 6 weeks at Uncle Bubba's.

        July 2, 2013 at 2:28 am |
        • lilnoise2

          You believe Paula and O'm gonna believe Lisa Jackson, it's clear that all the companies that dropped her found some truth somewhere ..

          July 2, 2013 at 2:42 am |
        • lilnoise2

          no she did not, but Lisa Jackson said she did

          July 4, 2013 at 7:11 pm |
        • lilnoise2

          she was aware of what her Brother was doing and saying

          July 5, 2013 at 3:18 pm |
  9. jen

    Wow you have nothing better to do. It is sad to read the comments posted here, very sad.

    June 25, 2013 at 2:15 am |
    • Joyce

      you must not have anything to do either if you're reading them, sadder

      June 30, 2013 at 5:41 pm |
  10. catherine hidalgo

    Paula dean: what a wo

    June 25, 2013 at 12:10 am |
  11. Jonas

    Why is it even an issue that she said the word "n****r" in the past? Why the heck should anyone care? It was in the past. It's over. Get over it. Move on.

    June 25, 2013 at 12:05 am |
    • Brenda Starr

      Why do you racists insist her fall is over the use of the n word? Read the deposition and Paula's self-incriminating unethical testimony that stems far from saying the n word. She is unethical across the board.

      June 29, 2013 at 5:23 am |
      • Joyce

        Right On!!!! I have been trying to get that same point across

        June 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm |
  12. topanga

    She was being truthful and she is being judged for it. Everyone has said things they should have said at some point. The only different is she chose to be honest and not lie about it. Who are we to judge her? Why do we see the negative and not the positive things she has done. What about the charity work she has done? What about the comments she has made on Who do You Think You Are? (She wished she could have change history) What about the things she has overcame? (Oprah had a special at Paula deens house and Paula Deen opened up about everything) What about all of the people she has employed?

    June 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm |
    • Brenda Starr

      Why do you racists insist her fall is over the use of the n word? Read the deposition and Paula's self-incriminating unethical testimony that stems far from saying the n word. She is unethical across the board.

      June 29, 2013 at 5:24 am |
    • lilnoise2

      read the transcripts and you will learn how Paula and Bubba treated the people she employed, and the names they were called, Paula is not the person I thought she was and thanks to Lisa Jackson the world knows the real Paula Deen. why do you think she is being dropped by every company she partnered with not because she used the "N" word 30 years ago, but because after they did their investigation they uncovered more than we know, don't you think Paula would be fighting back if all this were lies? she is loosing MILLIONS and she's being quite about it, if these things are not true why is she not fighting back?

      July 1, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  13. Wendy

    To The Food Network:
    You have been one of my very favorite networks. Your channel has run on my TV almost 24/7. Sadly, I have changed the channel, and won’t be changing back- unless & until you offer to renew Paula Deen’s contract. You claim that you will not tolerate discrimination in any form. It appears to me that what you will not tolerate is the truth. I believe that Ms. Deen was painfully truthful in admitting that she has, in the past, used the ‘N word’. It is clear that it is not something that she is proud of, or language that she uses today. Nevertheless, she has the strength of character to stand there, despite obviously intense pressure from your network, and tell the truth. Yes, in the distant past she uttered that word. Honestly, which dunce at your network genuinely believed for one moment that a woman of her age, raised where and when Ms. Deen was raised, had never uttered that word? I, for one, would have instantly branded her a liar if she had denied it. But a liar, she is not. What she clearly is, is one heck of a lady. She was truthful. She was contrite. She was incredibly graceful under fire. I have a whole new level of respect for Paula Deen. I challenge Food Network to do two things:
    1. Find a single person, of ANY racial heritage, of Ms. Deen’s age, who was raised in the deep south, who has never used that word.
    2. Stand by your firm refusal to tolerate this type of discrimination and fire every and any employee who has ever spoken that word, regardless of their racial heritage. Either it’s acceptable, or it isn’t. You can’t have it both ways. That would be called a ‘double standard’- exactly the thing we do not tolerate.
    I believe that this network is the one guilty of discrimination. You are not judging this lady by who she is today. You have judged her by her past, her upbringing. She had no choice in the way she was raised. She has a choice in her behavior today, and that behavior has been honest, forthright, apologetic, and incredibly graceful. She is not a person to be ashamed of. She is a tremendous role-model for us all. We CAN learn from our past mistakes. We can always behave better than we have before. We should be thankful for the opportunities we’ve been given, and we can and should exit with dignity and grace.

    Ditto Smithfield.

    June 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • Parker

      I always wonder what sort of company any poster that says that EVERYONE of that time has used that language. I lived and worker all over N. America,but was born in the south. I never once heard my mother,father,grandmother godmother and others ever use any derogatory language against others.

      My dad had a black friend that was also a co-worker. We went to their home. They came to ours. We played with their kids. Not everyone in the old south was a KKK member.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:51 am |
      • plbecker

        Well you self-righteous SOB–so you had a black friend and they went to your house and you went to theirs. How noble of you. How open minded! I'll bet you voted for Obama too, and think everything he does is wonderful because if you had the nerve to disagree with the black guy's policies–well that would make you a racist, wouldn't it? But you are perfectly willing to have someone's life ruined because of a mistake they made 30 years ago? How noble of you! I'm glad God is more forgiving than you and your kind.

        June 28, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
        • Brenda Starr

          You are clearly a racist.

          June 29, 2013 at 5:25 am |
        • lilnoise2

          knock it off with the noble crap, just because you don't like everyone or have Black friends ....

          July 3, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
        • lilnoise2

          or have no Black friends

          July 4, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
        • Parker

          I replied to the poster(Wendy) that not everyone has to have used racial slurs if they were born/raised in the south.What we learned as children sets the frame work for how we live as adults. My parents didn't use the language and we weren't allowed to either.
          FYI:There's nothing self-righteous challenging something someone said as fact when it's not true.
          Someone's skin color doesn't determine whether I agree or disagree w/ them. If I do disagree w/ someone of a different race, it doesn't make me a racist.
          Also, as I've posted several times, I believe she is getting treated too harshly. Everyone seem to be stuck on one word, but the deposition brought up different problems.

          July 4, 2013 at 11:08 pm |
    • Joyce

      Before people start taking sides read the transcrips first, and this is about right and wrong, and Paula is old enough to know right from wrong, after reading the transcripts I look at her differently, after all the words came out of her mouth, this is not about her using the "N" word 30 years ago, this is about her using it today, and for a white person to tell all that she went through working for Paula and her brother, no one should have to work in those conditions today Same things will never change, but as times goes on we are supposed, to grow and become wiser, Paula did not use common sense, if she had treated her employee differently this would have never happened and the world would have never known how Paula really feels about Black people.she needs to own all of it not bits and pieces, if that's how she feels that's how she feels, but don't use people to become richer and richer after all some of us have been used enough, for the business woman that you were/are she should have kept her jokes and comments in private, that's what happens when you speak openly in a work place, don't suck up now swallow it and move on. God Bless

      June 29, 2013 at 6:26 pm |
    • lilnoise2

      These actions are more about what she allowed her brother to do and how he treated the employees and Paula did nothing to stop him, so she is paying the price, and also the pending lawsuit that Lisa Jackson brought on, claiming that Paula indeed used the "N" word today, and did nothing to protect the employees from her brother.

      July 5, 2013 at 3:27 pm |
  14. Bobbi

    I'm surprised at Smithfield don't they have any backbone talk about a double standard Paula Deen is such a nice person.

    June 24, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • Joyce

      yeah she's nice if you call wanting Black man plantation style for a wedding in other words for them to look like Slaves, maybe in your world that's a nice person.

      June 29, 2013 at 6:30 pm |
      • Melissa S

        She also didn't do it because people would think badly of her it was in her statement. She said she wanted to do it because she liked their style and professionalism (she wanted to have the restaurant/servers come but it was too expensive). Why do people still like Gone With The Wind because we want slaves???

        July 2, 2013 at 2:22 am |
        • lilnoise2

          Well you can't have slaves, there is nothing nice about that, and no she didn' t do it but she wanted to that shows how she thinks, slavery is long gone and will never return, . Get with the times .

          July 2, 2013 at 2:37 am |
  15. DJ

    I sure don't feel sorry for her!!! Why didn't someone feel sorry for Mike Vick? lol. Let her learn her lesson....she'll be alright....eventually.

    June 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
    • Doris

      Vic hurt with his actions, Paula hurt with words. His actions were much worse than her words. (Just my opinion)

      June 30, 2013 at 6:21 pm |
  16. Karen

    How interesting...I was reading the transcript and on "page 21 when she is asked if she's ever used the N word, there is nothing after that.....I smell something rotten out there. Anybody else get the same thing?

    June 24, 2013 at 5:39 pm |
    • Brenda Starr

      Sure. When she said she wanted a plantation wedding theme. Or how about doing nothing about showing porn at work? Or what about when she said she was aware that some parents were uncomfortable about her telling gross jokes in front of their children at an event she hosted?

      I smell a rat. It's Paula Deen.

      June 29, 2013 at 5:27 am |
      • lilnoise2

        And the even BIGGER RAT is BUBBA, he is part of the reason his sister has been shut down.

        July 5, 2013 at 3:33 pm |
  17. Karen

    With the facts that I know, I think it's unfair that Paula has been shut down this way. Do we know when she used that racial epithet? Yes, she admitted it in the deposition, but when was it? Like one of the posts said, what was she supposed to do with a gun pointed at her head – lie under oath? I think the sponsors – Smithfield, QVC and the Food Network have acted hastily and not given her a chance. I am happy that this country has come to this age where racial slurs will not be tolerated; however, have we become so sensitive that one can NEVER say anything? I feel the individual that brought the suit and "spilled the beans" is doing so out of spite.

    June 24, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • Maurice Novosad

      If every native of the South would admit to using the word Paula admits to having said in the past, there would no standing room left. Understanding her mindset, she must cool it for awhile until Hillary Clinton announces for president, then all will have forgotten this whirl-wind.

      June 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • lilnoise2

      Be that as it may, you don't use that word in the workplace, you never know when someone will turn on you and start telling your secrets, Paula got to comfortable with the help and now it's coming back to Bite her in the Ass.

      July 3, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • lilnoise2

      This is why common sense should always be used when speaking around others,and especially in the work place, if Paula would never had become so comfortable with her employees they would have nothing to use against her, and had she addressed the issues concerning her brother( Bubba) all this would have never happened and if Paula would have taken better care of Lisa Jackson we would not no all the things that Lisa is saying that Paula did and said.

      July 18, 2013 at 6:52 pm |
      • Parker

        She didn't reply to the robber. She recognized him. She used the language later talking about it. You're right. She shouldn't have let her brother do anything he wanted to do.

        July 18, 2013 at 7:12 pm |
        • lilnoise2

          Hey Parker, I really believe that all this has to do with the way Paula handled her business, and how she let her brother get away with everything, including name calling, pron watching, sexual harassment and stealing money and once all the big companies that she dealt with learned of all of this from Lisa Jackson , they dug deeper and then decided they did not want to do business with someone like that, I really believe now that it has little to do with the "N" word, and it's sad because her brother is the one that took her down and she let him.

          July 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
  18. K

    I just find humor in the fact she is under fire for this, yet many people pay lots of money to listen to " artists" record songs with these words over and over??
    Yep- this makes sense!!

    June 24, 2013 at 5:05 pm |
    • Brenda Starr

      That's no excuse.

      June 29, 2013 at 5:28 am |
    • lilnoise2

      I guess you would have to be black to understand, and there is a difference in the context it is used

      July 1, 2013 at 12:08 pm |
    • lilnoise2

      entertainment and racial slurs are to different things ....

      July 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
  19. WTF

    So – let me get this right – we're chastising what a person would say when a gun is pointed to her head? Sure – it's an inappropriate word. But come one people, I'd be using many other racial slurs in the wake of a mugging. Also, you tell me someone from the deep south who's 60+ years old and NEVER said the n-word? Come on folks...

    June 24, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Joyce

      It's about her still using the "N" word TODAY read the transcripts , it does not matter where you are from it is about where your heart is, The white girl that is telling it all is from the SOUTH also.she didn't think that was right, and it was done in the open at the work place, so check your facts and then speak.

      June 29, 2013 at 6:37 pm |
    • roseb

      If you would use "more racial slurs than that" then you, my friend, are a racist. It doesn't matter what the skin color is of your mugger, it matters that he mugged you.

      July 1, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
      • lilnoise2

        I agree 100% crime is crime no what color

        July 4, 2013 at 7:16 pm |
  20. Donna

    I think it's disturbing that her address has been publicized for everyone to see.

    June 24, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
  21. WileyinCA

    I think Paula Deen just runs her mouth off without any brain engagement. It's that "celebrity-itis" thing, which means that all of a sudden, even someone with a mediocre IQ believes that everything they say is quote-worthy and beyond reproach. And as far as Ann's comment saying Deen is a smart, successful businesswoman, I think that she simply has a really good management/PR team that was able to leverage her folksy camera presence into a lucrative food empire. You can tell by reading the transcripts of her testimony that Deen has difficulty with spontaneous verbal communication. Put a script (i.e. "recipe") in front of her and she's fine. Ask her to respond under a little pressure = disaster.

    June 24, 2013 at 4:29 pm |
    • Joyce

      I could not have said it better !!!!

      June 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm |
  22. PAUL

    LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN, THIS SEEMS LIKE A LITTLE TOO MUCH TO DO ABOUT NOT TOO MUCH. SHE HAS BEGGED FORGIVENESS, THERE ARE MILLIONS WALKING AROUND LAUGHING AT ALL THIS. STOP ALREADY. LETS GET ON WITH IT.

    June 24, 2013 at 3:20 pm |
  23. Ann

    I enjoy Paula Deen's show. She's entertaining, cheerful and funny. A little phony and corny? Sure, but that's the shtick. I've made a few of her recipes, and enjoyed them. The spinach-stuffed mushrooms are healthy AND delicious. As for the heavy recipes – there's nothing wrong with an occasional indulgence.

    And that's it. I really don't care if she once said the N-word. I don't care about her politics. She's a smart, successful businesswoman, and a good entertainer. Food Network is being ridiculous.

    June 24, 2013 at 2:01 pm |
    • Joyce

      Ann you need to read the transcripts so you will know what this is really about, then maybe if you are human with a heart you will feel different.it is not about what she said 30 years ago, everyone that says that sounds foolish and uninformed.

      June 30, 2013 at 5:55 pm |
  24. Shana

    I saw two stories on CNN tonight and I thought it was interesting that I have heard so much more about one than the other. It appears that we are more upset about a woman born in the 1940s in the deep south admitting that she has used the "N" word a long long time ago, but denies ever telling a racist joke. I doubt that many people from that culture and age group could truthfully say they have never used the "N" word, and I doubt that any could be found that are more loved and appreciated than Paula Deen. I was in Savannah last year and learned that years ago Paula Deen would hand out sack lunches to school children that did not have anything to eat. I don't think those children were all the same color. Paula begged for forgiveness, said she wants to learn and grow from the experience and seemed very sad that she has ever used the word even so long ago. The other story was about the former leader of the "Gay Cure" Ministry speaking out and saying he is sorry about gay "reparative" therapy. Paula says neither she nor her family and associates will tolerate racism. The man that once championed a "gay cure" seems to truly regret his history. I think that both can be forgiven, and I think they are both sincere about their request for forgiveness. I think both have learned from their past environment and culture. Maybe we have all learned from our culture and history, with some good and some bad. Maybe none of us could or should throw the first stone.

    June 22, 2013 at 2:50 am |
    • Joyce

      Shana I disagree with you, read the transcripts from the pending law suit that brought all this about, has nothing to do with using the "N" word 30 years ago it has to do with continuing to use it NOW and also making jokes regarding Blacks and also wanting to plan a wedding for her brother (BUBBA) a southern style wedding with Black men dressed like plantation/ slaves that came out of Paula's own mouth . think about this all the companies that dropped her had to investigate all of this stuff, they didn't just drop her on hear say, she was dealing with some very large companies, once the investigation was complete they did the right thing, because no business partners want to be seen in that kind of light, if it were not true don't you think paula would be fighting back.

      June 30, 2013 at 6:05 pm |
  25. Shana

    I saw two stories on CNN tonight and I thought it was interesting that I have heard so much more about one than the other. It appears that we are more upset about a woman born in the 1940s in the deep south admitting that she has used the "N" word a long long time ago, but denies ever telling a racist joke. I doubt that many people from that culture and age group could truthfully say they have never used the "N" word, and I doubt that any could be found that are more loved and appreciated than Paula Deen. I was in Savannah last year and learned that years ago Paula Deen would

    June 22, 2013 at 2:20 am |
    • Joyce

      did she invite you the her wedding, for her brother where she wanted Black man dressed like Slaves/Plantation style, who does that.

      June 29, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
  26. Ava

    Paula Deen is a complete fraud! Any Southerners would know "better makes food taste better." However, the network let her continue after divulging her onslaught of diabetes. To add to the glorious empire, also contributions from big pharmaceutical, Food Network promotes her son's show. This show cooks like Mama, sans the fat and calories. Will the Food Network continue to let Mama Deen continually make appearances throughout his show? I believe the public should boycott his show and remove it from the network. After all, racism starts at home.

    Be heard! Write to the Food Network to remove the entire Deen family from their menu.

    June 22, 2013 at 12:32 am |
    • Ann

      Wow. That's a good idea. Not that the sons have done anything wrong, but let's fire them because we don't like their mama.

      How about little Jack? Suppose he grows up and wants a cooking show one day? How many generations do you think we should ban?

      June 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm |
      • Eve

        Nice Ann! Let's also dig in Ava's background while we are at it. Oh, perhaps her family too! Ava – you are a waste of air my dear.

        June 24, 2013 at 3:42 pm |
      • Joyce

        forever!!!!!!

        June 29, 2013 at 6:57 pm |
    • Alice

      Ava who are you to judge???? You did not even proof read your comment. You wrote
      "better makes food taste better." I think you meant to say "butter makes food taste better."
      See everyone makes mistakes. It is all in the matter if you handle it gracefully or not. Paula Deen has handled
      this GRACEFULLY!

      June 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
      • Joyce

        yes we all make mistakes I also have some type o's, but you are suppose to learn from your mistakes, if you keep doing the same thing then it's not a mistake is it, she said she used the "N" word 30 years ago, because her bank got robbed, well tell me why she's still using it TODAY ? did u read the transcrips.

        June 29, 2013 at 6:56 pm |
    • Joyce

      I agree 100%

      June 29, 2013 at 6:44 pm |
  27. Mona

    Oh, and you're a publicist? REALLY?

    June 21, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
  28. Mona

    Sometimes it's just better not to say anything lady. You didn't help her cause!

    June 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • lilnoise2

      Iam sorry Mona who are sounding off to?

      July 4, 2013 at 7:18 pm |
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