Paula Deen Fans Start "We Support Paula" Facebook Page in Defense of Axed Chef

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Some Paula Deen fans have created a "We Support Paula" Facebook page in support of the embattled, recently dismissed Food Network personality.

More than 200,000 people Like that page already.

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Amidst the recent controversy that got Paula Deen fired by Food Network, her fans are coming to her aid, or at least showing that they have her back.

The Facebook page for Deen reads, "Recently Food Network personality Paula Deen has issued an apology for statements that she has made in the past."

"Paula is a person just like all of us and we all make mistakes."

"Let's support her as she moves forward from this time."

Her apology, ironically, is what may have done her in.

Deen admitted using racial slurs, under oath, while being deposed in a lawsuit alleging discrimination and harassment at one of her restaurants.

However, she has denied all allegations by Lisa Jackson and says she only used epithets in the distant past, and only in conversations with family.

Just the same, a bungled apology video that she posted on YouTube after the story broke was the straw that broke the camel's back for Food Network.

Appearing to read from a script, and stumbling over vague, non-apologetic platitudes, Deen only came off worse in the promptly-removed video.

A second, more-sincere-seeming apology then appeared, but by then it was too little too late. Deen was fired and thanked her employer for 11 great years.

Clearly, not everyone is happy to see her go.

Many of the Facebook comments on the new page are in favor of the celebrity chef, with some excusing her admission by referring to Deen's background.

Deen, too, mentioned in her deposition that this was a different time in history and insisted that her actions do not discriminate against anyone.

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