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July 5, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
The drops just keep coming in the Paula Deen world - only this time, the white-haired butter empress is not the one getting cut. In the wake of her public fallout over her use of a racial slur, she has endured a windfall of setbacks. Companies steadily began to distance themselves from the now-former Food Network star - major pork producer Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser and Wal-Mart and Target decided to no longer carry her products. A planned book was also scrapped by Random House's Ballantine Books.
July 5, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Next week, SyFy has plans to premiere its latest TV movie, and the title really says it all: "Sharknado. " In case that title wasn't clear enough, here's a bit of an explanation: sharks. In a tornado. Attacking people on the streets of Los Angeles. It's a tornado of sharks! A ... sharknado! In case this premise needed to become any more enticing to lure viewers, the film stars Tara Reid and "Beverly Hills 90210" star-turned-Las Vegas Chippendales dancer Ian Ziering. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Not sold yet?
July 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Corporate America may be running away from Paula Deen as fast as it can, but ordinary viewers are sticking with the deposed chef, a new poll says.  Seventy-one percent of respondents said they did not believe that Deen was a racist, according to the online survey from search engine And nearly two-thirds believe that another network will pick up Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network after scandal engulfed her last month. PHOTOS: Paula Deen scandal A court deposition surfaced in which Deen admitted to using the N-word and also planning a wedding party that would attire black wait staff as  slaves.
June 29, 2013
Re "Wal-Mart, Caesars drop Deen," Business, June 27 As a black person, I often feel like I am living in a parallel universe. So Paula Deen is now the face of racism in America? She had the nerve to admit to using the "N-word" and wanting to dress up black men like servants for a party with a Southern theme. Black people in this country are overwhelmed with poverty, bad schools and other injustices. The media trivialize racism when Deen trumps those stories. This is like a black man tied to the railroad tracks with a boulder on his chest, and then a white woman comes by and throws a pebble at him and there is this immense outcry about what a racist she is. The racists in this country are those with the political and economic power to deny large segments of the population the ability to operate in society on an equal footing.
June 28, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Paula Deen has had a rough week, but maybe she can cha-cha her way out of scandal on "Dancing With the Stars. " The celebrity chef has been approached to join the cast of ABC's dance contest this fall, according to a report on VH1. Whether Deen will actually break out her boogie shoes remains unknown. ABC declined to comment, while a Deen spokeswoman did not immediately return an email. In 2010, Deen said she'd been asked to do the show but declined, adding: "Fat girls don't look good sweating.
June 28, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
I'll confess a bias: I find little to like about Paula Deen, and the public flap about her use of the "N-word" word (which she seems to think wasn't really all that bad ) makes it more comfortable to be what her ardent fans would call a snob. Like my colleague Alexandra Le Tellier , I find the pancreas-exhausting concoctions Deen charmingly hawks in her cookbooks and on her shows to be only slightly less dangerous than poison. Need an example? Read her recipe for, yes, deep-fried butter balls, and tell me that such a matter-of-fact description of how to destroy your heart doesn't have the same chilling effect as reading a lethal-injection checklist.
June 27, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before going back to my salad diet. The Skinny: Had dinner at the iconic diner Pann's on Wednesday night and now I can't move. But it was worth it. Thursday's headlines include a potential scandal involving a top Miramax executive, CNN bringing back "Crossfire" and moguls getting ready for Allen & Co.'s annual Sun Valley, Idaho, conference. Daily Dose: While Food Network personality Paula Deen continues to get beaten up by the media and business partners (see below)
June 27, 2013 | By Daniel Rothberg
Wal-Mart and Target have done it. So have the Food Network, Smithfield Foods and Caesars Entertainment. They've ended things with Paula Deen. Still, there's one group that has renewed its contract with the so-called Queen of Southern Cookin'. It's us. In recent weeks, Deen has taken a grilling for admitting to using the “N-word” and wanting to plan a plantation-style wedding, in a deposition for a $1.2 million discrimination lawsuit. “Well what I would really like is a bunch of little niggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts, and black bow-ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around,” is what she allegedly said.
June 27, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
QVC has announced it will "pause" its relationship with Paula Deen, marking the latest in a series of brands that have sought to distance themselves from the Southern chef in the wake of an uproar over her alleged use of the N-word. And QVC fans -- at least the ones taking to the company's website -- are furious.  QVC President and CEO Mike George posted an open letter on the company blog to address the many calls, emails, letters and comments received both for and against Deen.
June 27, 2013 | By Alexandra Le Tellier
For years, Southern chef Paula Deen shamelessly built an audience around high-fat, high-calorie recipes. Never mind the burgeoning obesity epidemic responsible for an increase in such killers as heart disease and diabetes. She was encouraging sticks of butter and celebrating all the way to the bank. It was unconscionable.   Fellow celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain was appalled by Deen, sounding this warning in 2011. "The worst, most dangerous person to America is clearly Paula Deen,” he told TV Guide.
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