Deen better get ready for a grilling when she finally shows up on 'Today' later this week
It seems Paula Deen’s definition of today is a bit shaky, but she’s making her appearance on a morning talk show, which is better late than never after she dropped out of her appearance on Today on Friday (June 21). The celebrity chef is in damage control mode after causing a stir with her racism.
"She has told us she will be here this time," Today co-host Matt Lauer said on-air Monday morning in announcing Deen would appear on Wednesday’s show instead of the one planned earlier in the week. She will be having a candid conversation with the guys on the show, as was previously planned, about the controversies following her around at the moment. Deen released a video statement on Friday addressing the controversy over her acknowledged use of racist epithets.
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong I have done. I want to learn and grow from this,” Deen said in the 45-second video posted on YouTube. “Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”
She called someone a n***** and apparently stood by and let a family member call an African-American cook at her restaurant “my little monkey.” These horrible revelations have lead some of her key partners to pull out of business agreements, like The Food Network and now QVC.
“We are closely monitoring these events and we are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen,” a spokesperson for QVC told TMZ.com over the weekend.
Is Deen's empire crumbling around her?
Deen has also tried to both apologize for, and justify her actions, in recent discussions. “Things have changed since the '60s in the South,” she later explained in her testimony, “and my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do."
It's pretty simple to avoid - don't say racist stuff