After celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted to using the N-word, Food Network announced it won't renew her contract, which expires at the end of this month. The drama isn’t over just yet -- home shopping network QVC said it's also reviewing its business relationship with Deen, known as the "Butter Queen" for her rich, southern-inspired dishes.
"We are closely monitoring these events and we are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen. In the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC," the network told celebrity news site TMZ.
People.com said a QVC representative conveyed "concerns [over] the unfortunate Paula Deen situation," and added, "QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior.”
Deen, 66, has apologized and begged forgiveness since confessing to using the N-word in the past. 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."
Last week, Deen admitted in a sworn deposition filed in U.S. District Court that she has used the racial epithet, CNN reports. Former manager Lisa Jackson who worked at Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House is suing Deen and her brother, Bubba Hiers, who co-own the restaurant. She says she was forced to work in a hostile environment, where she was forced to endure racial slurs, sexual harassment and innuendo. When Deen was asked if she ever used the N-word by Jackson’s lawyer, she answered, "Yes, of course," but then added, "It's been a very long time."
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Deen’s fans are still standing by her side. A Facebook page called “Support Paula Deen” has nearly 50,000 likes. People who support the page say she’s “one of the most honest stars” while others describe her as an “icon.”