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Paula Deen Apologizes For Racist Behavior — Watch

Fri, June 21, 2013 5:00pm EDT by Chloe Melas 31 Comments

Paula released a video, begging fans to forgive her racist actions — but that didn’t stop the Food Network from giving her the boot!

Paula Deen wants to set the record straight. The southern TV chef tweeted to her over one million Twitter followers on June 21 that she was releasing a video statement. The video was posted to YouTube and she is seen profusely apologizing. 

Paula Deen Releases Statement About Using Racial Slur

In a 45-second clip she appears emotional as she says that she does not condone racism.

“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done,” Paula says. “I want to learn and grow from this … Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”

Paula, who owns two restaurants in Savannah, Ga., is being sued by a former employee who claims racial and sexual harassment. But Paula’s attorney says: “Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court.”

But during Paula’s deposition, she admitted to using the “N word.” When asked if she had ever used racist language like that word she responded: “Yes, of course.”

The Food Network didn’t sound very amused after her admission and they released this statement: “Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion.”

Paula Deen Fired By Food Network

Though some fans might forgive Paula for her behavior, her bosses at the Food Network aren’t quite as forgiving. TMZ reports the network has opted not to renew the TV chef’s contract, which expires at the end of June.

WATCH: Paula Deen Issues A Statement About Using Racial Slurs
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