Jun 21, 2013 Comments Off Jake Hammer
Excerpted from THE DAILY CALLER
Television chef Paula Deen, who lost her gig Friday with the Food Network after admitting and apologizing for having used racial epithets, including the “N-word,” is a supporter of President Barack Obama, campaigning on his behalf in 2008 and cultivating a friendship with first lady Michelle Obama.
Though Deen allegedly called Obama the “N-word” in front of her employees, according to a lawsuit, the Southern-bred television personality actually campaigned with Obama in 2008, invited Michelle Obama onto one of her television programs, and praised the first lady’s healthy eating agenda.
Deen, who has previously faced criticism for using excessive quantities of fat and salt in her dishes, is under fire after it was revealed in a lawsuit that she admitted using the N-word and other racial slurs in front of her employees.
“Yes, of course,” she affirmed under oath. “It’s been a very long time.”
Deen is also accused of sexual harassment, and was found in contempt of court for refusing to turn over a video in which she allegedly simulates a sex act on a chocolate eclair.
Deen is being sued for $1.2 million by Lisa Jackson, who managed Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House in Savannah, Ga., for Paula Deen Enterprises. Jackson alleges that Deen used the N-word repeatedly, including at least once in reference to Obama, and viewed pornographic material on work computers. Deen also allegedly wanted to hire African-Americans to dress up in costumes and work at her brother’s wedding.
“What I would really like is a bunch of little [N-word] to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. Now that would be a true Southern wedding, wouldn’t it?,” Deen allegedly said, according to Jackson.
Deen apologized profusely in multiple videos “for the wrong that I’ve done.”
“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” said a network spokesperson.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.