Update (6/24/13): Smithfield Foods today said it is dropping Paula Deen as a spokeswoman. That decision came days after the Food Network said it would not renew the celebrity cook's contract because of revelations of her use of racial slurs. In addition, QVC officials say they're reviewing the shopping channel's deal to sell her cookbooks and cookware; Sears says it is "exploring next steps as they pertain to Ms. Deen's products"; an announcement was expected today or tomorrow from Wal-Mart; Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which has Deen's restaurants in some of its casinos, said it "will continue to monitor the situation," and the publishing house Ballantine, which has a new Deen book scheduled to come out in the fall, used a similar phrase.
• Here is one early report that helped broaden public awareness of Deen's comments.
• And, here is a Deen team-edited video apology with some commentary.
(Originally published ↓ 6/23/13.)
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