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Paula Deen Dropped by Caesars Entertainment, Walmart
Hollywood Reporter ^ | 06/26/2013

Posted on 06/26/2013 7:08:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

The celebrity chef loses two more business partners hours after her “Today” interview.

Another two bite the dust.

Caesars Entertainment Corporations and Walmart have become the latest organizations to cut ties with former Food Network personality Paula Deen in the wake of a racial slur scandal.

Both groups made their announcements on Wednesday, just hours after Deen offered a tearful mea culpa in an interview with Matt Lauer on Today.

While we appreciate Paula’s sincere apologies for statements she made in her past … we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vp communications and government affairs at Caesars Entertainment.

Caesars currently operates four Deen-themed restaurants at its casinos nationwide: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harrah's Tunica in Mississippi, Harrah's Joliet in Illinois and Harrah's Cherokee in North Carolina.

Walmart, meanwhile, put it simply: “We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed.”

While Deen has already been dropped by the Food Network and Smithfield Foods, which previously sold a ham with Deen’s name and face on the packaging, seven of Deen’s business partners have also voiced their support of the celebrity chef amid the critical firestorm.

"Her appearance on the Today show clearly proved her authentic belief that all people should be treated equal,” read a statement from Epicurean Butter, which produces Deen’s “Southern Grillin’ Butter.” “Paula is due equal treatment as well, as a person that made a mistake, apologized for it and should be allowed to move on. Actions speak louder than words, let's focus on the good that Paula Deen does for the extended community of loyal followers."

Deen remains embroiled in a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former restaurant employee, but has vehemently dismissed charges of racism. In a recently unearthed deposition, Deen admits to having used the N-word in the past, but claims that she would never use the term today.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: pauladeen; pauldeen; racism; walmart
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1 posted on 06/26/2013 7:08:49 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I believe it’s time for Paula to create her own brand name and market her own wares. Most southerners are forgiving people, and they’ve already moved on to accept her. The media slams? They’ve spent more time over the last seven days covering her....than Benghazi. That really says a lot.


2 posted on 06/26/2013 7:13:54 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: SeekAndFind

The media giveth; the media taketh away.


3 posted on 06/26/2013 7:15:10 PM PDT by hemogoblin
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To: pepsionice

she can stew


4 posted on 06/26/2013 7:15:25 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: SeekAndFind

Yet another stampede to the moral high ground.

Pathetic twits.


5 posted on 06/26/2013 7:20:34 PM PDT by Walrus (America died on November 6, 2012 --- RIP)
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To: SeekAndFind

That does it. In response I will never again gamble by buying my frozen pizzas at Walmart.


6 posted on 06/26/2013 7:22:32 PM PDT by South40
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To: pepsionice

I’m a southerner. If the allegations by her employees are true than to hell with her.


7 posted on 06/26/2013 7:35:49 PM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hey Paula, how is that white guilt, so I’ll vote for Obama supporter thing working out for you? That’s what I thought.


8 posted on 06/26/2013 7:36:28 PM PDT by Licensed-To-Carry (Hey Obama! It's all your fault now, you own it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Harrah’s Casino in Cherokee, NC gave her restaurant there the boot today.


9 posted on 06/26/2013 7:39:21 PM PDT by Rebelbase (1929-1950's, 20+years for full recovery. How long this time?)
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To: Licensed-To-Carry
The left threw her under the bus; but she's still better off than the ambassador to Libya...
10 posted on 06/26/2013 7:40:43 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Let him without ever having used that bad N word cast the first souffle.


11 posted on 06/26/2013 7:42:39 PM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: pepsionice

They’ve spent more time over the last seven days covering her....than Benghazi.
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And Paula isn’t responsible for any deaths and she never lived in HymieTown.


12 posted on 06/26/2013 7:43:09 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: o-n-money

And just when is Bill Maher going to get the boot for his remarks about Sarah Palin’s little boy? And, let’s not forget David Letterman. Is Paula a D or R?


13 posted on 06/26/2013 7:47:33 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: ilovesarah2012

Uhhmmm...it has nothing to do with the N word and everything to do with the way she and her brother handled their employees. They are disgusting and vile people.


14 posted on 06/26/2013 7:52:46 PM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Catsrus
‘N-word’ user Paula Deen is an Obama supporter
15 posted on 06/26/2013 7:52:48 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
She is the one keeping this story alive with her interminable apologies.

If she would just shut up it might blow away. When it originally came up she should have said that it was part of a legal case and she was unable to comment.

16 posted on 06/26/2013 7:52:51 PM PDT by oldbrowser (We have a rogue government in Washington)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Yeah, but if she didn’t say the N-word, most likely you wouldn’t have even heard of this story unless you dug for it.


17 posted on 06/26/2013 7:53:51 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind

Most of the problems she now has were caused by her brother, “Bubba”. The attorneys just threw in her past reference to the “n-word” to cement the case.

Now, it’s a feeding frenzy after her money.

Her biggest mistake of all was that feeble apology and all of the tears.

She should mimicked her hero, Obama, and said “I don’t know anything about this, but I’ll check into it and get back to you.”.

The left and the media loves to kick people when they are down, and the Jessie jacksons of the world are salivating to get their hands on some of her fortune.

I’d say “screw you all”, take my millions and move to Costa Rica and live like a king for the rest of my days, and hire someone else to cook for ME.


18 posted on 06/26/2013 7:54:00 PM PDT by FrankR (They will become our ultimate masters the day we surrender the 2nd Amendment.)
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To: FrankR

Yes, she can retire if she’s happy with what she has.

http://www.celebritynetworth.com/view/en/paula_deen/

66 year old Paula Deen has a net worth of $10 Million.


19 posted on 06/26/2013 7:55:57 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: dfwgator

No complaints here if it resulted in her being exposed for the racist that she appears to be.


20 posted on 06/26/2013 7:56:10 PM PDT by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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