Paula Deen on Today: I Is What I Is and I'm Not Changing!

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After bailing on the Today Show last Friday, Paula Deen appeared this morning in an exclusive interview with Matt Lauer, and emotions ran high.

Defiantly, and tearfully, she said she doesn't need to change when it comes to using offensive words - even if they got Deen fired by Food Network.

Paula told Lauer, who didn't throw her any softballs:

"If there's anyone out there that has never said something they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me."

"I is what I is and I'm not changing."

Deen, who was axed after admitting she used racial slurs in a lawsuit deposition, repeatedly defended herself from allegations that she's a racist.

"I believe that every creature on this earth, every one of God's creatures, was created equal," she said, decrying "some very hurtful lies said about me."

"The day I used that word was a world ago. I had a gun put to my head."

Lauer asked Deen if "given the same circumstances, would you have fired you?" The 66-year-old paused and then responded simply, "No."

"I go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other. It's very distressing for me," the embattled celebrity chef said.

"I think for this problem to be worked on these young people are gonna have to start taking control and start showing respect for each other."

"I know my love for people, and im not going to sit here and tell everything I've done for people of color. I would never hurt anyone on purpose."

She told Lauer, "I'm heartbroken. I've had to hold friends in my arms while they've sobbed because they know what has been said about me. It's not true."

While clearly distressed and all over the place at time, Deen definitely came off looking more sincere than in last week's awkward video apology statement.

What do you think? Did she deserve to get fired? And was she just doing damage control today or genuinely sorry for all that's gone down in her life?

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why (pretend to) change now? she's already been fired/dropped from practically if not all deals/endorsements/companies. let it go already. and who cares? she's a chef not a spokesperson for equal opportunities.


NO!!!!!! Definitely not!!!!!!!!!!


Most people in the media should be ashamed of theirselves. The folowing is a example. This is what she meant and you know it! Defiantly, and tearfully, she said she doesn't need to change when it comes to using offensive words - even if they got - See more at: http://www.thehollywoodgossip....

@ Linda

I agree. PD said she is not going to change. That means her second apology or attempt still meant NOTHING. This was just damage control and her crocodile tears.

@ Linda

isn't what she meant and you know it


She apologized-so let it go! It's not for us to judge especially Matt Lauer! His opinion means absolutely nothing. She made Food Network what it is today and I already stopped watching Today sho except for the hour KL & Hoda are on due to the treatment of Ann so FN can be added to the list!


She is 66 and is suppose to know better. Shame on Paula Deen indeed.

@ Anonymous



It was sad when she started fake crying before....but then she said "I is what I Is" , I fell out laughing. Because does 66 year old woman, she is not too old not to know better. Shame on her.

@ The Unknown says.....

Exactly crocodile tears.I help people of color. She does not believe white servers should wait on black people. That is why should made that comment about the plantation wedding and black servers in penguin suits


Of course bring her back, she made the Food Network what it is, Geez


Did u say her generation owned slaves? You are 1 uneducated bitch. Pick up a book sometimes that is if u even know how to read. After that statement every thing u said in your rant is irrelevant.


I really dislike when someone says something offensive and then uses, "If YOU'VE never said anything you wish you didn't, go ahead and judge me." Obviously she doesn't wish she had never used slurs because she also said she's never going to change or stop using them. She states that she is who she is, in that the use of these words somehow defines her or that choosing different words would be a betrayal to herself. She blames young people's use of the word for the real racial problems throughout the country--- was she influenced by Kanye West? Has 50 Cent inspired her since childhood and given her personal permission to use the slurs? PLEASE. Her generation is the one which owned slaves. She knows the implications behind the words and at this age, she cannot plead ignorance. Her saying, "I don't have time to explain all the good I've done for people of colour" is also transparent and a variation on the worst excuse to be racist: "some of my best friends are black". You cannot possibly tell me that, if the bank robber who put a gun to her head were a white man, she would have relayed a story about it to her husband and used the word "cracker". And that's because she is racist. The experience was an excuse to use the word. If she were just mad at the man (which would be fair), as opposed to bigoted and racist, she could have used a word without so much history of bigotry and oppression. Her use of the phrase "of course" when asked in the court deposition if she uses racial slurs implies that she uses them often. She even stated that she used them in the workplace, as "jokes". (read the deposition-- you can find it online). She knew the implications using words such as this would have. She's not sorry she's a racist, and that should be apparent just from this article alone. If there's any damage control being done at all, it's being done for all the wrong reasons. This trail of several insincere, selfish non-apologies are only made to try and maintain high-paying endorsement and sponsorship deals, which makes me lose even MORE respect for her. If any show or other public media job hires her after this, her new slogan should be, "Hatred and best insulin medications, y'all."