As her N-word controversy heated up, celebrity chef Paula Deen stood up the “Today” show this morning, with her representatives informing host Matt Lauer just before the show went on air that she would be pulling out of the segment in which she was set to address the accusations.
Lauer told viewers he had spoken with Deen the day before to arrange what NBC had promoted as an exclusive, live appearance, but she couldn’t go through with it.
Across the Web, commentators have been tearing into Deen after it was revealed that not only did she admit to using the N-word and making other racial slurs, but in a publicly released deposition for a lawsuit filed against her she admitted to making anti-Semitic, racist and homophobic jokes.
She also planned a “Southern-style wedding” in which she hired black waiters to take on the appearance of slaves.
Deen’s word bombs came to light in a $1.2 million lawsuit filed by former employee Lisa Jackson, who claims the restaurateur’s brother, Bubby Heirs, sexually assaulted her during a five-year stint as the general manager of Deen’s Georgia restaurants.
On the Daily Show, correspondent Jessica Williams jokingly said that Deen suffers from either type-one racism (inherited) or type-two (“adult-onset racism”). Williams concluded by saying, “Paula Deen’s words aren’t hurting black people anywhere near as much as her recipes are.”
New York Times bestselling author Denene Millner, creator of the MyBrownbaby.com parenting website, wrote on cocoafab.com that she wasn’t surprised by Deen’s revelations.