Paula Deen‘s latest firing is a trend reversal, with the embattled cookery diva putting someone else on the chopping block after her racism scandal.
Last month, Paula Deen’s May deposition (in a personal business dispute that in part addressed certain racial issues alleged in her workplace) went viral, and in turn, Food Network cut ties with the popular and well loved butter babe following the drama.
Soon, Deen was axed from companies like Smithfield, Walmart distanced themselves from Paula’s products, and her cookbook focusing on lighter fare and slated for a late 2013 release was canceled — despite shooting to the top of bestseller lists.
Now Paula Deen is doing some in-depth damage control of her own, after the Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House suit took down one of the country’s most popular TV chefs.
People reports that a Deen spy says Paula’s fam axed her legal team moving forward, and that “she and her team decided the previous attorneys were out of their depth.”
Paula took on Grace Speights, a Washington, D.C. labor law expert, and the pal adds:
“They are one of the top labor firms in the country.”
The mag adds:
“Deen is continuing to work with the publicity firm The Rose Group and has also hired Judy Smith – a.k.a. the inspiration for the main character, Olivia Pope, in ABC hit drama Scandal – to help her come back from the dramatic downfall, in which she lost a multitude of business deals, following her admission in May to using a racial slur during a legal deposition in connection with Jackson’s civil suit.”
Neither Paula Deen’s new nor old reps have commented following news of the firing. Can Deen pull out of this downward spiral?