Paula Deen (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images File)
NEW YORK (AP) - Smithfield Foods is dropping Paula Deen as a spokeswoman.
The announcement Monday came days after the Food Network said it would not renew Deen's contract. Deen admitted using racial slurs in the past in a deposition that came to light last week in a discrimination lawsuit.
In a statement, Smithfield said it "condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind."
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Deen was scheduled to appear on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday, according to host Matt Lauer. Last week she abruptly canceled on the morning show.
"Today" airs weekday mornings at 7 a.m. on 11Alive.
While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the 66-year-old Food Network star admitted to using the N-word in the past, but she insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.
(The Associated Press)