Paula Deen, the queen of butter, was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, but she waited to go public with it-after lining up a lucrative drug endorsement deal.AP
Paula Deen, center, and her sons Jamie, right, and Bobby, rear, tape her show Thursday July 27, 2006, in Savannah, Ga. Cable TV's queen of Southern-fried comfort food is still coming to grips with the Paula-mania that's seized Savannah since her Food Network show took off in 2002. Her restaurant served 400,000 people last year _ nearly 1,100 a day. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)
Deen said she used the word when a black man put a gun to her head during a bank robbery some years ago.
She said "I'm sure I have" when asked if she had used the word since.
She said she did not tell racist jokes and did not use the n-word in that context. “Things have changed since the ’60s in the South,” she said. “And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior.”
Food Network, which airs two of Paula's shows, "Paula's Best Dishes" and "Paula's Home Cooking" distanced themselves from Deen's comments:
"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,” a Food Network representative told FoxNews.com on Wednesday.