Paula Deen was publicly cast off by Walmart in July, but the world’s largest retail chain will keep the celebrity chef’s cookware on the shelves at least through the rest of year.
The retail chain said this week that it still had many Paula Deen items in supply when it announced it was dumping her. Company spokeswoman Danit Marquardt said Walmart actually has three months of supplies remaining, and that many of the items will be sold for clearance prices.
Walmart was one of many sponsors to step away from Deen after the Southern chef admitted as part of a deposition that she used racial slurs in the past. The Food Network chose to drop Deen’s show and several sponsors — including Smithfield Foods Inc. and Caesar’s casinos — distanced themselves as well.
Target and Home Depot joined Walmart in removing Deen’s cookware and kitchen products from the shelves.
But Deen has bounced back in other ways. In the weeks after the scandal, sales of her cookbooks spiked and a cruise she hosted saw a rise in interest.
Royal Caribbean even announced that its annual “Paula Deen Cruise” received so much interest that the company would add an extra departure in 2014.
“Due to so many requests from Paula’s fans in the past we are actually planning two cruises for 2014 and look forward to both,” a rep for the cruise told FOX411′s Pop Tarts column. “It’s always an amazing time with Paula, her family and fans. If she goes – we go.”
Deen still has several appearances scheduled on her website, and many of her cookware items remain on sale there as well, albeit with deep discounts..
Walmart shoppers interested in buying Paula Deen cookware or kitchen products can find them on the store’s website.