Paula Deen on Today: "I Is What I Is"

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It seems that everyone but Paula Deen has weighed in on the scandal that followed the celebrity chef's admission in a legal deposition that she used the N-word. Both Food Network and Smithfield have severed ties with her.

Deen's statements have polarized both the culinary community and the world. Andrew Zimmern, who has a show on Scripps-owned Travel Channel (Scripps also owns Food Network) said, "There is no room in our world for discrimination of any kind, let alone the malicious and insensitive behavior we have heard stories about the last few days." In a New York Times op-ed piece, Frank Bruni said, "Paula Deen is where sass meets crass, where the homespun and folksy curdle into something with a sour aftertaste."

See also: Bring Back Paula Deen: Read the Deposition Transcript

There are also Deen supporters, such as the "We Support Paula Deen" Facebook page that has more than 400,000 followers. Even the Rev. Al Sharpton seemed to come to her defense. Confronted by TMZ, Sharpton said, "A lot of us in the past have said things that we regretted saying years ago."

This morning, Deen appeared on the Today show to speak with Matt Lauer about everything that went down. Deen was supposed to appear on the morning news program last week but was a no-show.

In the 13-minute segment that aired around 7:30 a.m., Lauer reminded Deen of the fact that Food Network and Smithfield dropped her and that QVC is "weighing their options." Then he asked if she thinks she has been treated fairly. Before she answered any business questions, Deen made a statement. "I believe that every creature on this Earth, every one of God's creatures, was created equal. No matter who you go to bed with, no matter which church you go to pray, I believe that everyone should be treated equal. And that's the way I was raised, and that's the way I live my life."

Lauer then reminded Deen there are "millions of dollars at stake" and asked if she was let go to "stop the financial bleeding."

Deen said that "people that I never heard of are all of a sudden experts on who I am" and that those "words have been given weight."

Lauer asked Deen, as a businessperson, whether she would have fired herself. "Knowing me? No."

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22 comments
Eric Gregory
Eric Gregory

I think people should just let it go! Most people I know are not that "Politically Correct" a lot of people do it...This not using the N word is not going to go away overnite! I'm sure she has been called Hillbilly more than once in her lifetime! What a crock of shit! I don't think I will be watching The Self Righteous Food Network either!...Hipocrates!!

dianedubose48
dianedubose48

Well they should be pulling rappers cds off the shelves if they are going to punish someone that has said something several yrs ago.. Stop selling the music cds with the N word in it!! Its no different from what she is being punish for!!

alexis64
alexis64

Her words weren't as offensive as wanting to throw a plantation style event where every server was a black man to reenact the good old days of slavery is where Paula showed her true colors.  

This is the woman who advocates a stick or 2 of butter in every dish and then became a spokes person for diabetes medicine.  She should have been pulled from the air a long time ago.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

The problem with restraining speech is, who gets to set the rules? If it's only okay in a certain time or place, who gets to say what time and what place

lioness50
lioness50

Paula used the term years ago while talking to her husband. in the privacy of her home. she said it while telling her husband about the man who held the gun to her head YEARS AGO !!!! while said man tried to rob the bank she worked at. Now If Paula was like some of the negative people who are putting her down she would have lied and said she didn't ever say the N word.  But she is a good woman and told the truth And you can bet everyone on the set of the today show has said it at one time or other . but they will lie and say the never do. Hell Whoppie Goldberg says it all the timeLove you Paula

sac1992
sac1992

Wondering what would happen If someone would file a discrimination suit against some of the rappers in this country? Oh but wait its not the same as long as they say it, it is alright so tired of the double standard in this country. We have forgiven politicians for far worst and accepted their apologies no where near as heartfelt as Miss Deen's  Even our President apologizes for the American people and that is o.k.

rkr-spitfire
rkr-spitfire

Will Paula get an apology where & when it's deserved? ! ?

I apologize to her for people being so ignorant & making a mountain out of a mole hill!!!

dkr1018
dkr1018

I wouldn't have gave Matt Lauer the time of day! Stand your ground Paula,they will railroad you to! Todays's show is garbage!

rkr-spitfire
rkr-spitfire

I think, Sheri, on The View, is the racist. What does it matter if Paula Deen wants a wedding at a Southern Plantation? Sheri shouldn't have made a "negative comment" like that!

wilmahagedorn
wilmahagedorn

The interview with Matt this morning on Today show made me cry for Paula.. For heavens sake, I hope they don't come after me for something I might have said 30 years ago. I don't think Matt did her justice in that enterview. She was honest, and apologized. Give her a break and leave her alone.

fundays2010
fundays2010

People are getting out of control with this issue. She's as southern as they come. How is anyone surprised that she had used that term AT ONE POINT in her life. I hear people dropping the "N" word every five seconds in their conversations with others and they are just as white as she is. What?..because they dress in the same clothes as hip hop artists and listen to rap music, its ok for them to say it?! She's genuinely sorry. Anyone can see that.

Laura Lafata
Laura Lafata

I think she's said quite enough, thank you.

Amy Williams
Amy Williams

In my opinion I felt she was very distressed about this. I feel she is sorry for ever having used the word and for her to say this is the only time she ever did to me says there is no way she is racist.

Heisenberg
Heisenberg

Diane, Everyone knows that only white people can be racists. To suggest otherwise, is racist.

love4ldp
love4ldp

@rkr-spitfire of course not! they are too discriminating... she was being honest and now she is being punished for it.

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