Paula Deen has been dumped by yet another of her affiliate sponsor companies, but this time it’s the world's largest retailer, Walmart (NYSE:WMT).
This most recent blow, which fell Wednesday afternoon, comes on the back of decisions by Caesars, the Food Network and Smithfield Foods Inc. (NYSE:SFD) to drop the 66-year-old celebrity chef after she admitted in a deposition for a workplace discrimination suit that she had used racists slurs to describe African-Americans and tolerated racist jokes in one of her restaurants.
Walmart said in a press release posted on its website that it would be officially ending the relationship with Deen, effective Wednesday, and would no longer be taking orders for her products.
As her $17 million-a-year empire crumbled around her, Deen appeared on the Today show earlier on Wednesday saying, “If there’s anyone out there that has never said something they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please.”