Paula Deen controversy

If you are a Paula Deen fan, you will be happy to know that she'll be kicking up her heels this fall on the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars.

The news was confirmed to Us magazine today. Deen reportedly turned down an offer to dance on the hit TV show last year, following her forced exile from TV and radio.

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Paula Deen Apology

In case you haven't heard, disgraced TV chef Paula Deen is back.

Deen, 67, is being given a second chance by corporate sponsors after she was unceremoniously dumped by the Food Network for being racially naive in these changing times.

"I've learned a lot," said Deen in a cover story of this week's People magazine.

"I feel like 'embattled' or 'disgraced' will always follow my name. It's like that black football player who recently came out," she said, referring to gay NFL draft prospect Michael Sam.

Deen continued: "He said, 'I just want to be known as a football player. I don't want to be known as a gay football player.' I know exactly what he's saying."

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Yesterday I told you that "Law & Order SVU" plans to tackle the controversial Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen cases in the same episode. Entertainment Weekly reports that well-known actress Cybil Shepherd plays the celebrity chef who shoots and kills the Trayvon Martin character, played by Smash’s Leslie Odom, Jr.

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Law and order SVU cast

"Law & Order: SVU" caught flack for its Rihanna and Chris Brown episode that tackled the sensitive issue of domestic violence. Maybe Law & Aorder will do a better job when they cover Trayvon Martin and Paula Deen in the same upcoming episode.

Executive producer Warren Leight often scours headlines for controversial social issues to cover. According to Leight, the Trayvon Martin episode caused divisions between the cast.

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Paula Deen dropped by Target Wal-Mart

When it rains it pours. Embattled TV chef Paula Deen has been dropped by Target and Novo Nordisk following her admission that she uttered racial slurs in the past. The Food Network declined to renew Deen's contract on Friday. And on Wednesday, Wal-Mart announced it was dropping Deen as a sponsor. Deen's other sponsors, online shopping giant QVC and Smithfrield Foods are awaiting the outcome of a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Deen's brother, Bubba Hiers.

Deen, 66, could lose $17 million in endorsement revenue as a result of the controversy.

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Paula Deen support from black celebs

Actress Stacey Dash, NFL player Kris Jenkins and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton are among the black notables who have come forward in support of embattled tv chef Paula Deen.

Deen, 66, was dropped by the Food Network on Friday after Deen readily admitted she used racial slurs and cracked racist jokes about black people in a videotaped deposition.

Two other Deen sponsors, QVC and Smithfield Foods, are quietly shelving the celebrity chef while they await the outcome of a million-dollar sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Deen's brother, Bubba Hiers, by a former employee.

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Paula Deen staff

Celebrity chef Paula Deen has been fired from the Food Network after she admitted using racial slurs in a videotaped deposition.

Earlier today, Deen released an apology video pleading for forgiveness from her fans. In the video she seemed bewildered -- as if trying to read from cue cards. That video was removed from Deen's website and replaced with an even stranger video this afternoon.

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Paula Deen Apology

Celebrity chef Paula Deen is reeling from the backlash to her admission that she routinely calls black people "niggers." In a video released by her camp today, Deen says: "I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done." Looking somewhat befuddled, she continues: "I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."

Update: According to published reports, Food Network has fired Paula Deen.

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Wendy Williams Says Paula Deen Has No Class

Talk show Diva Wendy Williams reacted to TV chef Paula Deen admitting she regularly uses the N-word.

"This is something that has been swirling around about Paula Deen for longer than this story," Williams said in an interview with Entertainment Television.

Deen, 66, admitted using racial slurs in a videotaped deposition for a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by the former general manager of her popular Savannah, GA restaurant. Lisa Jackson claimed sexual harassment and infliction of emotional distress by Deen's brother Bubba Hiers.

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