Is anyone surprised that Paula Deen was a no-show for her appearance on national television to explain why we shouldn’t consider her a ‘racist’ for her repeated use of the word nigger. Anchors for NBC’s “Today Show” told viewers Paula Deen had traveled to New York City to appear on the program, but didn’t show up for the interview.
Matt Lauer said her representatives told the show she “was exhausted after her flight and wouldn’t appear.” Um, yeah, right.
The controversy erupted after the Food Network star was questioned as part of a discrimination lawsuit filed against her and her brother involving her Savannah restaurant. According to the transcript of the videotaped deposition, Paula Deen was asked by an attorney if she ever used the word nigger. She replied, “Yes, of course.” But said “it had been a very long time.” She also said she used the word in a non-mean way.
Lisa Jackson, who sued Paula Deen and her brother, Earl ‘Bubba’ Heirs, claims he sexually harassed her for five years, frequently used the word n*gger and referred to President Obama as a ‘n*gger’ and also watched pornography on work computers.
The lawsuit alleges Paula Deen hired Lisa Jackson to plan her brother’s wedding and then told her: ‘What I would really like is a bunch of little n*ggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding wouldn’t it?’ Paula Deen will undoubtedly lose a lot of credibility as a result of these accusations and her admission.
***UPDATE: Paula Deen reportedly pulled out of the NBC interview after she was found in contempt of court in a $1.2 million sexual harassment lawsuit for refusing to turn over a reel of ‘obscene and vulgar video outtakes’ in which she is said to “cuss up a storm and simulate a sex act on an eclair,” RadarOnline reports.***