Here is Paula Deen’s N word apology video statement released on Friday, June 21, 2013 after cancelling her live Today Show interview with Matt Lauer on NBC earlier in the day. The celebrity chef expressed regret in the aftermath of the controversy which arose over a court deposition in which she admitted she had used the N word in the past. Full video and more details below after the jump.
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UPDATE: Paula Deen removed the original video, which was 44 seconds long and replaced it with the unedited video above. Later in the afternoon of June 21, 2013, it was announced that the Food Network will not renew her contract which expires at the end of this month.
The apology video is above. As noted, Paula Deen a.k.a. the Queen of Southern cuisine cancelled her Today Show interview pleading “exhaustion” via her publicist — as Matt Lauer himself reports in the video below from this morning’s program.
Deen was to have addressed the controversy over court documents — first revealed by the National Enquirer — in a discrimination lawsuit brought against her by a former employee. She was asked, in a deposition, if she had ever used the word and she said said “Yes, of course. … But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the South.” More of the transcript can be seen here, via npr.org.
In the aftermath, she faced widespread criticism as well as mockery.
Previously, Paula Deen had chosen the Today Show, to express her views in last year’s controversy over her admission of having Type II diabetes and promotion of a diabetes drug as a paid spokesperson.
However, she did not follow through this time. Instead, the video, which is approximately 44 seconds, long was posted on YouTube in the afternoon.
In it, Paula Deen says, “I want to apologize for everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this.” She goes on to note that “inappropriate hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.” She concludes by acknowledging she has made “plenty” of mistakes and says, “But I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I’ve made.”
The aforementioned Today Show replay video — reporting on Deen’s no-show — is below.
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