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June 24, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

A scandal involving celebrity chef Paula Deen that had been brewing in tabloids and celebrity talk shows for over a week boiled over late Friday when the Food Network announced that it would not renew Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month. The network’s announcement came after Deen had posted three different videos online apologizing for her use of racial remarks and use of “the n-word” at her Savannah business. She also apologized for not showing up on the Today show for a scheduled interview with Matt Lauer. “It only suggests that she was afraid to get into more trouble and doubted her ability to provide an authentic apology,” Evangelia Souris, president of Optimum International Center for Image Management in Boston, told USA Today. Several analysts agreed that Deen’s days as a national TV celebrity are over — for good. But clearly she has thousands of loyal supporters. UPI reported that a Facebook page called “We support Paula Deen” has attracted more than 260,000 likes.