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Paula Deen's Contract Is Toast After Quick-Fire Criticism

Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's <em>Paula's Home Cooking</em> and <em>Paula's Best Dishes</em>.
Chia Chong
Paula Deen is the host of the Food Network's Paula's Home Cooking and Paula's Best Dishes.

Paula Deen's contract with The Food Network expires at the end of June — and it won't be renewed.

The celebrity chef faced a barrage of criticism after the National Enquirer reported that Deen admitted to using the N-word in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit against her. (For more details, check out this close read of the deposition in our Code Switch blog.)

Deen released multiple apology videos Friday. As BuzzFeed reports, the first video "toggled between public and private for an hour before it was completely removed, replaced by a longer version."

In the second video, she says she wants to "learn and grow from this" and that "inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable."

But wait, there's more. The news also follows a missed appearance on NBC's Today show. As The Atlantic Wire reports:

"In the middle of Today's 7 a.m. hour, Matt Lauer made the announcement that Deen had scheduled an exclusive live interview with Today— and that she simply did not show up."

Deen released a third video apologizing to host Matt Lauer for not showing up, saying: "The last 48 hours have been very, very hard. And you know, I'm a strong woman, but today I wasn't. This morning I was not."

NPR's Kathy Lohr tells our Newscast Desk:

"Deen is trying to stave off criticism from all corners, including her fans. She makes millions each year from TV shows, cookbooks and personal appearances."

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Dana Farrington is a digital editor coordinating online coverage on the Washington Desk — from daily stories to visual feature projects to the weekly newsletter. She has been with the NPR Politics team since President Trump's inauguration. Before that, she was among NPR's first engagement editors, managing the homepage for NPR.org and the main social accounts. Dana has also worked as a weekend web producer and editor, and has written on a wide range of topics for NPR, including tech and women's health.
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