Paula Deen book canceled, new release was No. 1 on Amazon

June 29, 2013

Business

Celebrity chef Paula Deen broke down in an interview earlier this week with NBC's Matt Lauer. (Examiner.com)

Celebrity chef Paula Deen broke down in an interview earlier this week with NBC’s Matt Lauer. (Examiner.com)

UPDATE: Ballantine Books, a Random House imprint, announced it had made the “difficult decision” Friday to cancel publication of Paula Deen’s upcoming cookbook that had been scheduled for an October release.

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As of Thursday morning, “Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Recipes, All Lightened Up,” was ranked No. 1 on Amazon.com. Another Deen book, “Paula Deen’s Southern Cooking Bible,” was at No. 13. Several other Deen books were out of stock.

Deen has faced increasing criticism since admitting that she used a racial slur. During a deposition in a discrimination lawsuit filed by an ex-employee, the chef admitted to using the N-word. The lawsuit also accuses Deen of using the slur when planning her brother’s 2007 wedding, saying she wanted black servers in white coats, shorts and bow ties.

Deen says she doesn’t recall using the word to describe waiters.

 

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3 Responses to “Paula Deen book canceled, new release was No. 1 on Amazon”

  1. josh Says:

    Spineless creatures bailed out on her for reasons not related to having opposing viewpoints.

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