Deen backs out of 'Today Show' appearance

9:17 AM, Jun 21, 2013   |    comments
TV personality/chef Paula Deen attends the 2010 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA -- Savannah-based celebrity cook Paula Deen early Friday cancelled an interview set for Friday on "Today," where she was expected to give host Matt Lauer an exclusive interview following her admission she used "the N-word."

The restaurateur and Food TV star admitted to using the N-word, telling racist jokes and planning a wedding with a slavery theme, during a deposition related to a $1.2 million lawsuit brought by former Deen family restaurant manager Lisa Jackson, according to and other media reports.

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Jackson claims Deen's brother Bubba sexually harassed her and used the N-word.

NBC News said early Friday that Deen was scheduled to appear on "Today" to discuss the allegations. But when the show started at 7 a.m., "Today" show hosts said Deen's people called to cancel, saying she was exhausted from various obligations.

(Atlanta Business Chronicle)

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