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Paula Deen’s Upcoming Cookbook Dropped By Publisher

July 01, 2013 05:06 AM by Lisa Princ

The racism controversy surrounding former Food Network star Paula Deen is proving to be quite the battle for herself and her empire. Though Deen recently took to The Today Show in an attempt to clear her name, many companies are choosing not to stick by Paula due to the controversy. The latest hit for Deen comes from Ballatine Books, who recently revealed that they were dropping the southern chef’s upcoming cookbook!

Sadly, the hits keep coming for Paula Deen, who has been accused of using a racial slur nearly 30 years ago. After being dropped by big names such as Food Network and Walmart, Ballatine Books announced on Friday that they were canceling Paula’s new cookbook.

The cookbook, titled Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes All Lightened Up, was scheduled to be released on Oct. 15 and even with all the controversy surrounding Deen, the pre-order of the book landed it in the number one spot on Amazon. “Customers will be notified that the publisher has canceled this book. As the case with all Amazon.com pre-orders, customers’ credit cards are not charged until the book is shipped/delivered,” a rep for the site stated.

Meanwhile, Deen’s 2011 cookbook, Southern Cooking Bible has risen up to the second spot amidst the racial controversy. I guess it’s safe to say that the supporters are coming out in full force!

What do you think of the Paula Deen controversy? Should she be punished for something she said so many years ago? Have these companies taken things too far? We know you have an opinion and we want to hear it. Sound off in the comments section below!

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5 Responses to “Paula Deen’s Upcoming Cookbook Dropped By Publisher”

  1. Savannah Stewart Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 5:40 am

    I don’t think Paula Deen should be punished for something she said 30 years ago BUT: This is all tied into her current court case where she is being sued for “sexual harassment and a hostile work environment caused by violent and racially motivated tirades”. What her sponsors, employers and publishers have surmised is a pervasive and consistent attitude of bigotry on the part of Paul Deen Enterprises, and they have reacted accordingly.

  2. Connie Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 7:09 am

    This thing has gone way too far!!!!! I will no longer support the companies that have dropped Paula Deen (Walmart, etc.) It’s time we as Americans grow up and stop listening to the trouble makers and make our own decisions. I for one do not need corporate America to tell me who I support and do not. Paula made a mistake. So have I, so have you, so has EVERYONE!! Leave the lady alone. She has done a lot for people and deserves forgiveness just as my heavenly father forgives me time after time, after time. It would be great if some of the idiots out there would listen to their hearts and not people that want to stir up trouble. Curses to the creep that brought up this subject and causes such grieve on Paula and may he suffer the consequences for it.

  3. Shirley Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Savannah is absolutely correct in her comments. Everyone has latched on to the N-word but no one is accepting or understanding that the comment was addressed as part of the CURRENT court case.
    The businesses, whether you agree or not, have a right to separate themselves from issues that they do not want associated with their name or brand. They all understand that in dropping PD they will also be losing money brought in by the sales of her products.
    I feel that the businesses should have waited to see what they outcome of the lawsuit was before they made their decisions but it’s their choice.

  4. Travlldy57 Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 10:04 am

    This is just another Salem witch hunt. A few words that were said 30 years ago we burn her for now.

    Just look at all the good she has done and that would douse out the fire. Companies hang your head in shame for you will lose in the end not Paula.

    You all forget the Golden Rule – look it up and start to practice it.

    Not one person in this world is without sin in some shape or form. This only takes us back from what we all fought hard to obtain harmony no black or white just your fellow human beings.

    Forgive and forget this country has more problems then a slip of the tongue Paula Deen made 30 odd years ago.

  5. Chris Says:
    July 1st, 2013 at 11:45 am

    What an upside down world we live in! What a bunch of hypocrites these companies and those condemning Paula Deen are! It’s acceptable and ok to hear the N-word on prime time tv, in movies, in rap songs and on the street, but to crucify Ms. Deen for an error in judgment decades ago is ridiculous. Shame on those companies, and networks! Better get busy plucking that log out of your own skeleton filled eyes. Hypocrites!

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