Official: Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract

Home shopping network QVC is re-examining its ties

Chelsea J. Carter and Carolyn Sung | 6/24/2013, 6:23 a.m.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen's contract with the Food Network will not be renewed, the network said Friday, the latest fallout ...
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— Celebrity chef Paula Deen's contract with the Food Network will not be renewed, the network said Friday, the latest fallout over revelations that she admitted to using a racial epithet in the past.

Deen's contract with the network, which airs three shows featuring the chef, expires at the end of the month, it said.

The Food Network's announcement followed reports that Deen acknowledged in a lawsuit deposition using the "N word." Earlier in the week, the network said it would monitor the situation, but that it "does not tolerate any form of discrimination."

In a statement, Deen thanked the network for 11 "great years."

"... I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories," she said. "... This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya'll."

Home shopping network QVC is likewise re-examining its business relationship with Deen, Paul Campbell, vice president of communications, told CNN. He stressed the company does not "tolerate discriminatory behavior."

The shopping network features the cookware line "Paula Deen's Kitchen," among other sponsored items.

A Walmart spokesman declined to comment on that company's ties with Deen.

Last week's events are stunning twists for the chef whose Southern, folksy flair with food made her a household name, spawning a line of kitchenware, cookware and food.

The Food Network's announcement came on a head-spinning day of developments that began when Deen backed out of an interview with "Today" on NBC. She later apologized and begged for forgiveness in a video on YouTube that she pulled and replaced with a self-produced video where she again apologized.

"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done," Deen said in the first video statement. "I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness."

A short time later, Deen replaced the professionally edited video with one she made herself.

In that video, she apologized for backing out of the interview, saying she was "physically not able" to do it at the time.

"I'm taking this opportunity now that I've pulled myself together and am able to speak to offer an apology to those that I have hurt," she said.

"... My family and I are not the kind of people the press are wanting to say we are," she said. "...Your color, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me. But it's what's in the heart, and my family and I try to live by that."

Deen's friend, Juda Engelmayer, said after Deen recorded the first statement, she said it was not what she wanted to say.