Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen’s contract

Posted at 4:53 PM, Jun 21, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-21 18:16:04-04

The Food Network has announced that Paula Deen’s contract will not be renewed amid the growing controversy over her use of a racial slur.

Food Network released a statement Friday afternoon, with nine days to go on Deen’s contract.

Earlier Friday, in an apparent move to do damage control after admitting to using the n-word and regularly making racist jokes,  Deen issued an interesting apology video.

In the video that appeared on an unofficial YouTube page, Deen says, “I wanna apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to grow and learn from this.”

With an edit seemingly after every sentence, Deen pleads for forgiveness saying, “I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness.”

Deen appears to tear up towards the end of the video, ending with, “Please forgive for the mistake that I’ve made.”

The apology video comes just hours after Deen stood up Matt Lauer for an appearance on “Today” to discuss the controversy.

During a May deposition for a lawsuit filed by a former employee, Deen admitted to using racist language in the past.

The former employee, who was a manager for Deen’s Savannah, Georgia restaurant, alleges racial and sexual discrimination in the workplace.