Paula Deen Dropped from Food Network Over Past Use of N-Word [Video]
The Queen of Southern Cooking, has dug herself in a deep hole of no return. Paula Deen, famous for her delicious “southern” dishes, spices, and treats, is in court battling charges of sexual harassment and racial discrimination. A former employee, Lisa Jackson, has placed a lawsuit against Deen and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Heirs. While she was general manager for the Paula and “Bubba” owned restaurant, Heirs allegedly kissed at Jackson’s face and downloaded and watched porn in her presence at work. Jackson claimed that Deen and Heirs made racist jokes, which Deen admitted to during the trial (as well as her use of the N-Word). The entire Deposition Testimony can be viewed on Scribd.
Both Deen and Heirs are also being accused of being big time racists. According to Radar Online, in 2007, Paula Deen wanted Black actors to dress as slaves. When Jackson inquired about the attire for a particular catered event scheduled, Paula Deen had this to say:
“Well what I would really like is a bunch of little n***ers 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.”
In the midst of the controversy, the popular chef, took to Youtube to apologize for her use of racial epithets. Shortly after, she removed the video. Subsequently, The Food Network, revealed that they would not be renewing Paula’s contract for her series “Paula Deen’s Best Dishes.”