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Food Network Will Not Renew Paula Deen's Contract

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"Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," a network spokesperson said in a statement.

Less than two hours before the network announced its decision, Deen released a videotaped statement apologizing and asking for forgiveness for her "inappropriate, hurtful language." Shortly after she released that video, it was removed from YouTube and she released a second, different apology video.

Deen first began working with the Food Network in 1999. She gave the deposition last month as part of a discrimination suit filed against her by, Lisa Jackson, a former employee of a restaurant she owns. Jackson's suit named Deen, her company, and her brother, who runs the restaurant. The suit alleged Jackson was subject to a variety of sexist, racist behavior while working at the restaurant.

As TPM has reported, Deen's 2006 memoir includes her recollection of a childhood incident in which she hit a young black girl with a "bolo bat" and said she once tried to cook a "Sambo Burger" on air before producers intervened.

Attorneys for Deen and her brother have denied the allegations in the lawsuit. Representatives for Deen did not respond to a request for comment.

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