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Embattled Paula Deen a no-show on Friday's 'Today'

LAST UPDATED: 02:13 a.m. HST, Jun 22, 2013

NEW YORK » Celebrity cook Paula Deen was a no-show Friday at the "Today" show, where she was scheduled to appear to answer questions about past use of racial slurs.

"Today" host Matt Lauer told viewers he had spoken with Deen the day before to arrange what NBC had promoted as an exclusive, live appearance.

But shortly before the show went on the air this morning, Lauer said he was told by a Deen representative that she was pulling out.

While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the 66-year-old Food Network star admitted to having used racial slurs in the past, but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

The Food Network said Thursday it doesn't tolerate any form of discrimination and is looking into the situation.

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Oio wrote:
In the grand old South, it's called, Joshing! But that's only after, they've been caught with their fingers in the cookie jar.
on June 21,2013 | 03:32AM
mitt_grund wrote:
It's probably a matter of pride to show a little r_dn_ _k when with family or other true believers. Heard it's considered a badge of honor to be labeled as such in parts of the South. Just don't get caught doing it when there are other witnesses or openly discriminating against one of "them". Food Network is not a place for discrimination. Isn't this the second or third time this charge has been leveled at Deen? Makes her a prime, potential candidate for a certain political party.
on June 21,2013 | 04:27AM
hanalei395 wrote:
With that accent of hers = racial slurs.
on June 21,2013 | 04:35AM
copperwire9 wrote:
That's a pathetic comment.
on June 21,2013 | 09:18AM
hanalei395 wrote:
I wasn't commenting about you.
on June 21,2013 | 11:10AM
ezridah wrote:
" when in doubt...pull out "
on June 21,2013 | 06:50AM
likewise wrote:
She will start making appearances but only on show's she knows won't ask any real questions. Like The Chew or something like that. She'll get to give her speech, show you how to make banana pudding and not be challenged. Then the next appearance if she's asked anything she'll just stay "I've already addressed that. Now let me show you how to deep fry mac'n cheese balls." P. R. Rehab 101.
on June 21,2013 | 07:01AM
serious wrote:
She made a complete fool of herself on the diabetes sponsorship and now this. Retire--get out of the business--go shrimp fishing like Forrest!!!
on June 21,2013 | 07:22AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Good! Why would anyone want to subject themselves to this kind of scrutiny. She made a statement, like it or not, and put it behind her. The media is just looking for the sensationalism aspect to get them through a couple more days. Good for you Paula, tell them it's over. But I don't agree with what she did.
on June 21,2013 | 08:03AM
hanoz808 wrote:
doesnt look good
on June 21,2013 | 08:13AM
engineersoldier wrote:
She is trash, not worthy of our attention.
on June 21,2013 | 10:23AM
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