Food Network announced Friday afternoon that it will not renew Paula Deen’s contract, which is due to expire at the end of the month.
Deen is currently under fire for admitting that she used racial slurs while being deposed for a harassment lawsuit filed against the 66-year-old Food Network staple and her brother, Bubba Hiers, by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of the family’s restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House.
In the wake of the controversy, Deen cancelled an appearance on Friday morning’s Today, citing exhaustion, then took to the web to issue a pair of apologies, various incarnations of which have appeared, disappeared and reappeared across the web. The latest addresses her reasoning for ditching the Today appearance, explains her family’s position on racial intolerance and again asks for the public’s understanding and forgiveness.
While Deen’s relationship with Food Network appears to be over, People is reporting that Deen’s son Jamie’s show Home for Dinner with Jamie Deen will not be affected, nor will his brother Bobby’s Cooking Channel series, Not My Mama’s Meals.