Paula Deen might lose the Food Network’s backing, maybe even her job, over a racist deposition given during a lawsuit filed against her and her brother, Earl “Bubba” Hiers.
As The Inquisitrpreviously reported, the National Enquirer broke the story that Deen had admitted to using the “N-word” during a deposition in a lawsuit against her and her brother filed by Lisa Jackson, the former manager of a Savannah, Ga., restaurant owned by the two siblings.
The lawsuit held that Jackson was subjected to racist language frequently at the restaurant, and that she was sexually harassed by Hiers.
When asked if she had ever used the “N-word,” Deen replied “Yes, of course,” and went on to detail instances in which she had used the racial epithet.
She said that she may have used the word after an armed robbery in the 1980s, but it was probably used in a conversation between her and her husband.
In the deposition, she also said: “Bubba and I, neither one of us, care what the color of your skin is. It’s what’s in your heart and in your head that matters to us.”
The media took the story and ran with the racism angle, prompting a response from Paula Deen.
“Contrary to media reports, Ms. Deen does not condone or find the use of racial epithets acceptable. She is looking forward to her day in court,” said a statement from her reps.
But her Food Network ties may be in jeopardy over her deposition, according to the L.A. Times. They also issued a statement, which read:
“Food Network does not tolerate any form of discrimination and is a strong proponent of diversity and inclusion. We will continue to monitor the situation.”
Rene Lynch argues that the subtext there is telling, but admits that we won’t know what will happen between Deen and the Food Network until the story develops further in the coming days.
Do you think that Paula Deen will lose her Food Network job over her racist deposition?