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Paula Deen on Today: "I Is What I Is"

It seems that everyone but Paula Deen has weighed in on the scandal that followed the celebrity chef's admission in a legal deposition that she used the N-word. Both Food Network and Smithfield have severed ties with her.

Deen's statements have polarized both the culinary community and the world. Andrew Zimmern, who has a show on Scripps-owned Travel Channel (Scripps also owns Food Network) said, "There is no room in our world for discrimination of any kind, let alone the malicious and insensitive behavior we have heard stories about the last few days." In a New York Times op-ed piece, Frank Bruni said, "Paula Deen is where sass meets crass, where the homespun and folksy curdle into something with a sour aftertaste."

See also: Bring Back Paula Deen: Read the Deposition Transcript

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times. She has been featured on Cooking Channel's Eat Street and Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. She won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature about what it's like to wait tables.
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