Paula Deen's 5 Most Unapologetic Lines From Her Hysterical 'Today' Interview (VIDEO)

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Paula Deen This morning Paula Deen made the Today appearance she skipped out on last Friday, addressing allegations of racism that've caused her empire to crumble around her. The celebrechef, who was recently fired from Food Network, opened up with Matt Lauer disputing discrimination claims, saying she believes that "every creature on this Earth, every one of God's creatures, was created equal."

But from there, the Paula Deen Today interview got straight up upsetting. Not just to see her upset, though, but to hear a few of the things coming out of her mouth during the 13-minute segment. For the record, I can't even remember the last time Today gave 13 minutes to anyone.

Let's take a look at 5 of Paula's most unapologetic lines, here:

Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No.

Paula, you're a businesswoman. You raked in $17 million in 2012 alone. Something tells me if you had someone in your kitchen that was tainting your name, you'd let go of them -- 100 percent. Stop lying while you're ahead.

I've had to hold friends in my arms while they've sobbed because they know what has been said about me.

Eye roll.

I go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other. It’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on, these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other.

She has a point here, I'll agree with that. In her situation now, though, blaming the way African Americans address one another for her blatant lack of respect isn't going to get her anywhere.

I know my love for people, and I’m not going to sit here and tell everything I've done for people of color.

She's sorry. She wants you to know she's sorry. I don't know if her talking about the good things she's done for people of color would have helped her at this point. It made my heart hurt a bit, though.

I is what I is and I'm not changing ... There is someone evil out there that saw what I worked for, and they wanted it.

OK, this is just a little too much. All of this hooplah isn't happening because someone wants to rain on Deen's parade. This is happening because of the racist comments she made during her deposition. I'm sure that there are bazillions of people who want the empire that Oprah made, but you don't see her crying in a 13-minute segment on Today.

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nonmember avatar kaerae

I get that there is a small demographic of black people who throw that word around to friends, and they shouldn't. What I don't get is how that makes it hard for a grown person to know better, and why it bothers people so much that someone else "can" say it and they "can't." WTF? It's that hard for you NOT to use the word? SO WHAT if someone else says it and you don't, why does that bother you so much? Unless it's part of your true vocabulary, you shouldn't care what some ghetto people of any race call each other. If you know it's wrong, just DON'T SAY IT and let other people be the ones to sound ignorant, it's just not that hard. If it's that difficult for you to pull this word from your might be a redneck.

nonmember avatar Kristi

It was a different world 30 years ago and that word was WIDELY used. Thankfully society wised up.Sadly though we are slipping into a realm of overreaction. I believe her when she says she is sorry and I believe that she is a good person to everyone. Her worker is out for a payday. It does sound like her brother is quite a piece of work though......

eupeptic eupeptic

According to my spirit guide, approximately 4.753% of women and 0.579% of men in the U.S. today have never spoken the n-word in their life. All people in the U.S. have had judgmental/sterotying thoughts about people of a different race over the past year. (Information such as this is accessible to spirits who are enlightened enough to have access to the thoughts of others.)

nonmember avatar Anowscara

Who says "people of color" anymore? That right there says to me she doesn't get it.

Taisie Taisie

I personally think Ms. Paula Deen is on the wrong end of a lynch mob. How many of you here are from the south? I lived in NC for a few years, and I frequently stated that it was not so much in the "bible belt" but in the "bigotry belt". What I read that Paula Deen has "supposedly" and did say, on the linked page is so mild compared compared to the things that I heard people say when I lived in NC. And those people said it with no shame, in public, in front of children, and ladies, and seriously, it blew my mind, you could have knocked me over with a feather the first time, a so called "respectable" man called this very sweet teenage boy, the "N word" in front of me.

The point is, that although I do NOT agree with the use of the word, or believe in bigotry or prejudicein any way, I just honestly think the whole situation IS getting blown out of proportion, and it's a shame that she may/has been fired, might/will lose her career, and everything she has worked so hard for in her life. The internet just LOVES a witch hunt, and Ms. Deen is the current "Witch". Wait awhile and it will be someone else's turn.

Megan Cady Graham

OH. MY BUTTER. you can't be serious with this.  I actually read the entire transcript from her deposition and i'll link it at the end, she admitted to using it ONE, that's 1 time after she had been robbed at gun point at the bank she worked at.  and she used it in her own home to her husband.  where she thought at the time she was safe from this bulls**t.  she admitted to possibly using it when she was describing an old Plantation style wedding, which NEWSFLASH, they still have plantation style weddings today.  but then later apologized to the person she was speaking to for using that word.  seriously this is a lawsuit against her BROTHER for the most part.  the only eason that she is being drug through this is because his restaurant is part of her corporate entity.  she is part owner in it.  if you read the lawsuit you would know that.  here is the link to her deposition, you, the writer of this drivvle may want to read up on it and possibly get you facts straight.  BUTTER FOR LIFE!!!! I SUPPORT PAULA DEEN!!!!!!!

here is the link to the actaul lawsuit filed:

Choco... Chocodoxies


Let's get the whole story straight. Paula Deen was not fired for using the N-word exclusively. Paula Deen's contract with Food Network is not being renewed next year because she has multiple lawsuits for racial discrimination of employees with-in her hire. Her endorsement deals have been dropped, and that's to be expected, they can't make money off of somebody that's got this bad of a reputation right now. Several black employees have filed lawsuits against Paula Deen, and her brother Bubba, for racial discrimination. The employees were made to dress up as slaves in the 1800's for parties, they were told their payment would be in the form of food and drinks, when they objected, their job was threatened. One such lawsuit was filed by a man named Sheldon J. Ervin.  Her explaination for this was that she'd been to a restaurant years ago where all the servers were black, dressed and made to act like slaves, and it was like "the old South". She thought the whole experience is very quaint and used her waitstaff to reenact it, but instead made them actually be slaves. They were not paid for their work.  That is the real issue.

Choco... Chocodoxies

Megan: What was there a deposition for in the first place? For racial discrimination in the work place. That's right. The civil war wasn't about states rights either, it was about slavery.

nhamp... nhampton401

But if a black person calls a white person a cracker, vanilla, bleach and so many other things THAT'S perfectly ok. Everyone is racist, get over yourselves. She has lots of money so they're going after her. Ever been to the south?? Obviously not.

nonmember avatar Maddie's Maman


I grew up in rural Central PA and I heard that word, well, I heard it a lot and a I still hear it from my older family members. Does that make it right? Absolutely not, but I do understand that the entire culture of the south and the Bible Belt was different 30 years ago. Do I believe that she wishes she had not said it? Totally. It is because she was caught saying it and not actually remorseful? May-be, but that is between her and the big man.

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