Paula Deen Loses Caesars Support. Is QVC Next?
Seems Paula Deen's n-word scandal has affected more than just the Food Network personality. Deen, who appeared on Today Wednesday to attempt to plead her case, has been dropped by Caesars Entertainment, which operates four restaurants in Deen's name.
The severed ties presumably leaves many of Deen's employees out of work, and is just the latest fall-out for the chef since it was revealed that she had previously used the n-word. Smithfield has also dropped Deen as a sponsor, and Food Network will not resign her contract at the end of the month.
Deen, on Today, insisted that QVC is still behind her — the company is weighing its options — and still denies she's racist despite admitting to using derogatory language. "I'm so distressed that people I've never heard of are all of a sudden experts on who I am," she told Matt Lauer. "I have never hurt anybody on purpose, and I never would."