Paula Deen Racial Slur: Apologizes On 'Today' Show As Stacey Dash Supports Controversial Food Network Star

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on June 26 2013 8:32 AM

“Clueless” actress Stacey Dash is back to her controversial antics, showing support to disgraced Food Network star Paula Deen. Deen, who is acclaimed for her Southern cooking, has been fired from the network after using racial slurs and admitting to using the N-word and calling black people “slaves.”

Deen made the admissions in a sworn deposition filed last week in U.S. District Court for a pending case involving a former employee. The 66-year-old has since apologized, and in a statement obtained by CNN, she thanked the Food Network for 11 years on air. “I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories," she said. "This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of y'all." 

Dash is now defending the Food Network star, writing on Twitter, “God does everything for a reason @Paula_Deen. Only God can judge your heart BTW my daughter loves your show (only way she can get me to cook).”

The 46-year-old beauty was then bashed on Twitter, with people questioning how she could support someone who used hurtful epithets to describe African-Americans, especially since she is a black woman.

Dash was also criticized last November when she publicly supported presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Twitter. Wearing a red bathing suit and red lipstick, the actress stood in front of the American flag with a prop that read "Dash America" and had a large "R" on it. 

“Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future,” the photo caption read. People on Twitter immediately responded, mostly negatively. 

Since the controversy regarding Deen, the chef has apologized in statements as well as on the “Today” show Wednesday, in her first interview since admitting to using the N-word.

“The main reason I am here today is, it’s important to me that I tell you and everyone out there, what I believe, and how I live my life," Deen told "Today" host Matt Lauer. "I believe that every creature on this earth, every one of God’s creatures, was created equal. I believe that everyone should be treated equal. That’s the way I was raised, and that’s the way I live my life."

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