Paula Deen may have apologized for using the N-word, but her sons sure don’t think she should.
Jamie and Bobby Deen spoke with CNN’s “New Day” on Tuesday (June 25) to defend their mother and her N-word scandal (in a recent lawsuit deposition alleging discrimination and racism at two of her restaurants, Deen admitted to using the N-word a long time ago).
“Our mother is one of the most compassionate, good-hearted, empathetic people that you’d ever meet,” Bobby Deen says. “These accusations are very hurtful to her. … I’m disgusted by the entire thing because it began as extortion and it has become character assassination.”
Paula’s other son, Jamie agrees, adding that it’s “completely absurd to think there is an environment of racism in our business, and it’s really disrespectful to the people that we work with. We have strong, educated men and women of character that have been with us for five, 10, 15, 20 years. to think they would allow themselves to be in this position is simply baloney. It’s ridiculous.”
Though her sons don’t see why she should apologize, Paula already released a statement begging for forgiveness, but it was too late. The Food Network announced it would not be renewing its contract with her after the scandal, and Smithfield Foods — one of her key sponsors — dropped her. Looks like she couldn’t butter up her sponsors enough… will QVC be next?