June 26, 2013 07:07 AM by Lisa Princ
It’s been a quite a week for Paula Deen. After being accused of being a racist, Food Network fired the southern chef, and then she lost her endorsement deal with Smithfield. Now, with plenty of support from her fans, Paula Deen made an appearance on The Today Show this morning to defend herself, and it was nothing short of very emotional!
Paula Deen is finally speaking out about the events that have spiraled out of control this past week. Grilled by Matt Lauer, Deen admitted that she is still in a state of shock over the hurtful lies being spread about her.
Deen went on to explain that she only used the word in question once: “The day I used that word it was a world ago. It was 30 years ago. I had had a gun put to my head because the man that had the gun to my head was my customer at the main office.”
With that, Lauer questioned why she didn’t just lie about it, if she only used the racial slur once. According to Paula Deen, lying is not how she was raised, nor is being racist something that her father would have tolerated. “They asked me in all of my 66 years on earth had I used it. I answered it truthfully. It’s just not a part of who we are,” Deen explained.
As the interview began to come to an end, Paula began to tear up, admitting that she is heartbroken and revealing that she never intended to hurt anyone. Paula summed it up best when she told Lauer: “If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wished they could take back. If you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I’m not changing.”
Oh, and for anyone wondering about the QVC rumors, Deen says that they have not fired her…yet.
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