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Is Paula Deen toast in N-word controversy?

June 26, 2013 • Entertainment


FILE – In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday, June 26, 2013, trying to explain she wasn’t a racist despite saying in a legal deposition that she’s used racial slurs in the past. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Will Paula Deen go the way of Michael Richards or Charlie Sheen?

One unleashed a bigoted tirade and is no longer a lovable, easily employable clown. The other carved a brand out of crazy — reported hotel N-word rant and all — but is back on TV earning millions.

Her Food Network shows gone, her endorsements crumbling, is Paula Deen — in a word — toast?

A week after Deen’s admission of using racial slurs in the past surfaced in a discrimination lawsuit, pop culture watchers, experts in managing public relations nightmares and civil rights stalwarts who have tried to help other celebrities in her position see a long, bumpy road ahead.

They also see a week full of missteps and believe the queen of comfort food reacted too slowly to her latest controversy at a time when hours count. They say it Login to read more

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