Credit: Dave Kotinsky/ Getty Images Photo: Paula Deen at Plymouth Rock

Less than 24 hours after being dropped by Food Network for admitting she used a racial slur in the past, Paula Deen has issued a statement thanking the network for 11 "great years."

"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," Paula said in a statement released to CNN Friday night. "This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of y'all."

Food Network announced Friday that they would not renew Paula's contract when it expires at the end of the month. This decision was made just days after news that Paula admitted in a May deposition to using the N-word several times in her past. Since the drama started, Paula has released two separate apologies.

Though Paula had been a shining star on Food Network for more than a decade, sharing her controversial brand of Southern cooking, it didn't take the network very long to cut ties. The good news is that the debacle will not affect the shows starring Paula's sons. Her son Bobby hosts Not My Mama's Meals on the Cooking Channel and her son Jamie hosts Home for Dinner on Food Network.

On Friday, Jamie Deen tweeted a message acknowledging the controversy without apologizing for his mom. "A heartfelt thank y'all to those who have sent love and support for mom and our family. #pray."

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Source: People