No amount of butter can slip Paula Deen out of this one!
Following news that Paula had given a video deposition where she admitted to, "of course," using the N-word in the past — and how she wanted some of her African-American employees to dress as slaves but thought people might "misinterpret" — the Food Network has decided to not renew her contract. This would seem a little less harsh than straight-up firing, if Paula's contract didn't expire at the end of this month.
The deposition followed a lawsuit filed over a year ago alleging that Paula and her brother, Bubba Hiers, had created an uncomfortably racist and misogynistic work environment for a former employee.
The lawsuit alleges that Paula said of a Southern-themed wedding, "What I would really like is a bunch of little n****s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts, and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around."
She later said she didn't go through with the idea because people "might misinterpret," but that she got the idea from a restaurant where all the waitstaff were "middle-aged black men, and they had on beautiful black jackets with a black bow tie [...] I mean, it was really impressive. That restaurant represented a certain era in America [...] after the Civil War, during the Civil War, before the Civil War [...] It was not only black men, it was black women [...] I would say they were slaves.”