If you’ve been paying any attention to the news lately you may be aware that celebrity cook and TV personality Paula Deen isn’t having the best week. PopWrapped recently reported that after Deen confessed to having using the “N” word previously , she was dropped from “Smithfield Foods” as well as not having her contract renewed by “The Food Network”.
Deen was scheduled for a sit down with Today Show host Matt Lauer last Friday but reportedly bailed at the last minute citing exhaustion. It didn’t take long for that interview to be rescheduled for Wednesday morning. Deen sat down with Lauer for a no holds bar interview on the scandal that has everyone talking.
During the emotional interview Paula Deen tearfully conveyed to Matt Lauer Wednesday that she is not a racist, and that as a businesswoman, she does not think her firing from Food Network was the right decision. When asked by Lauer whether she was a racist, Deen replied simply, “No.” Then she added, “I believe that … every one of God’s creatures was created equal. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, that’s the way I was raised and that’s the way I live my life”
When Lauer asked if Deen, who was let go from the Food Network Friday, believed her offense was a reason to be fired, Deen said it was not. “Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No,” she said. “I am so very thankful for the partners I have who believe in me.”
Lauer didn’t hold back during the coveted interview when he specifically asked Deen if she had any doubt that African-Americans do in fact find the “N” word offensive. “I don’t know, I have asked myself that so many times,” Deen said. “It’s very distressing for me to 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, that these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other.”
As the interview continued to progress and the questions got more personal, Deen couldn’t hold back that she was getting emotional. After a commercial break, Lauer commented on air: “Without breaking any confidence …Paula was extremely, extremely emotional here in the studio after we went to commercial.”