Embattled celebrity chef Paula Deen was fired from the Food Network last week. And now QVC may part ways with her as well. The network is going public with concerns about the chef.
A representative from QVC, which sells her cookware, released this statement yesterday to People.com:
QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.
Deen, 66, and her brother Bubba Hiers are being sued for discrimination by a former manager of their restaurant, Lisa Jackson. Jackson says she was sexually harassed and worked in a hostile environment full of racial slurs, reports the Associated Press.
The controversy exploded after court documents filed last week revealed that Deen's answer under oath as to whether she used the N-word was, "Yes, of course." Then she added, "It's been a very long time."
Deen posted video apologies to YouTube on Friday.
Deen was a no-show on Friday's "Today" show, where she was supposed to sit down with Matt Lauer for a candid interview about her past use of racial slurs.
But many of Deen's fans are backing the chef. According to US Weekly, more than 29,000 people have liked the Facebook page, "Support Paula Deen," and are demanding that her Food Network contract renewed.
Do you think the Food Network should have fired her? Do you think QVC should stop selling her cookware?
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