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Target Corp. is announcing Thursday that it is ending its relationship with celebrity cook Paula Deen as fallout builds from revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past. Target Corp. is announcing Thursday that it is ending its relationship with celebrity cook Paula Deen as fallout builds from revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.
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Target Cuts Ties With Paula Deen
June 27, 2013

Target Corp. is announcing Thursday that it is ending its relationship with celebrity cook Paula Deen as fallout builds from revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

The discounter, based in Minneapolis, said that it will phase out its Paula Deen-branded cookware and other items in its stores as well as on Target.com.

The company says that once the merchandise is sold out, it will not be replenishing the inventory.

The announcement comes as diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk says it and Deen have "mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now."

On Wednesday, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it was ending its relationship with Deen. Last week, the Food Network said that it would not renew Deen's contract.

Rev. Jesse Jackson: Paula Deen can be 'redeemed'
June 27, 2013

Civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson says he's agreed to help celebrity chef Paula Deen try to make amends for her past use of a racial slur, saying she shouldn't become a "sacrificial lamb" over the issue of racial intolerance.

Jackson told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Deen called him this week, and they discussed how she might recover. 

Jackson says if Deen is willing to acknowledge mistakes and make changes, "she should be reclaimed rather than destroyed." 

Jackson says he's more troubled by racial disparities in jobs, lending, health care, business opportunities and the criminal justice system. 

Her admission of using the slur first came in a lawsuit deposition. It later cost her an endorsement deal with Smithfield Foods and her job with the Food Network.

Paula Deen's Morning Appearance Ends In Tears
June 26, 2013

Paula Deen says that anyone who's never sinned should pick up a rock and throw it at her.

The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday, trying to explain she wasn't a racist despite saying in a legal deposition that she's used racial slurs in the past.

Deen told "Today" host Matt Lauer that if there's anyone in the audience who's never said anything they regretted to "please take up that stone and throw it as hard as they can and kill me."

She urged her fans not to boycott the Food Network, which dropped her last week, but said she wouldn't have fired someone in the same position.

Smithfield Foods Dropping Deen
June 24, 2013

Smithfield Foods is dropping Paula Deen as a spokeswoman.

The announcement Monday came days after the Food Network said it would not renew Deen's contract. Deen admitted using racial slurs in the past in a deposition that came to light last week in a discrimination lawsuit.

In a statement, Smithfield said it "condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind."

Deen was scheduled to appear on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, according to host Matt Lauer. Last week she abruptly canceled on the morning show.

While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the 66-year-old Food Network star admitted to using the N-word in the past, but she insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

Paula Deen Fans Vent Their Outrage At Food Network
June 22, 2013

Paula Deen's fans are serving up deep-fried outrage to the Food Network for its decision to dump the Southern comfort food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.

Outside Deen's Savannah restaurant The Lady & Sons on Saturday, fan Marilynne Wilson said she's stunned that the cable network "jumped the gun" by announcing it wouldn't renew the celebrity cook's contract about an hour after she apologized in an online video Friday.

Meanwhile, Food Network's Facebook page is bombarded by comments from angry Deen fans promising they'll change the channel for good.

Deen's critics also have been outspoken online, making #PaulaDeenTVShows a trending topic on Twitter by posting satirical twists on familiar titles. Earlier in the week, they tweeted satirical names for recipes using #PaulasBestDishes.

Food Network Won't Renew Paula Deen's Contract
June 21, 2013

The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.

The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen's contract when it expires at the end of the month.

Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing "Paula's Home Cooking" in 2002 and added "Paula's Best Dishes" in 2008.

Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. The network's announcement came just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mistakes.

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