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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 Scott Collins
Paula Deen may be losing business partners faster than she can make biscuit gravy, but her "Today" interview drew a crowd. The scandal-fried celebrity chef's sit-down with Matt Lauer on Wednesday lifted NBC's morning show to its first win over archrival "Good Morning America" since November. "Today" averaged 4.8 million total viewers, just slipping past "GMA's" 4.6 million, according to Nielsen. PHOTOS: Paula Deen scandal Deen was trying to salvage her reputation after a deposition surfaced last week in which she admitted to using the N-word and other racial insensitivities.
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, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
Paula Deen awoke to more bad news Thursday: Target and a Danish pharmaceutical company are curtailing their financial relationships with the celebrity cook. Target Corp. said Thursday it will phase out its Paula Deen-branded cookware and other items, according to the Associated Press: "Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory," Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said.  Meanwhile, a statement released Thursday morning by a Danish pharmaceutical company that markets medication for Type 2 diabetes said: "Novo Nordisk and Paula Deen have mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now, while she takes time to focus her attention where it is needed.
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