Paula Deen Issues a Second Apology Video: "I Will Continue to ... Do Good Things for Good People"
UPDATE: Food Network has decided to not renew Paula Deen's contract.
EARLIER: One hour, two apology videos. Shortly after posting (and then making private and posting again) a bizarre video in which she apologized for "all the mistakes I've made" following news that she admitted to using the n-word, Paula Deen has returned with a new contrition video.
This time around, Deen seems to be directing her apology to Matt Lauer — who she snubbed this morning for an interview — as well as anyone else who would listen. Video and transcript below:
"Hello y'all. I'm Paula Deen. I was invited this morning to speak to Matt Lauer about a subject that has been very hurtful for a lot of people. And Matt, I have to say, I was physically not able this morning. The pain has been tremendous that I have caused myself and to others, and so I'm taking this opportunity now that I've pulled myself together and am able to speak to offer an apology for those who I have hurt. I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are. I've spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others. Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me. But it's what's in the heart, and my family and I try to live by that. And I am here to say I am so sorry. I was wrong, yes, I've worked hard and I've made mistakes, but that is no excuse. And I offer my sincere apology to those who I have hurt, and I hope that you forgive me, because this comes from the deepest part of my heart. And I will continue to work and continue to do good things for good people. Thank you for listening."
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