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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...............she must be prepared for blue eyes?

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@ abe

oh, no. she DOES wish she hadn't admitted to using slurs. she might not regret using slurs but she must regret admitting it cuz she lost so much.

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America can only be complete if it has someone to blame. All these buzzards flying above wanting her to get down on her knees and ask for forgiveness. Forgiveness for what is the question! Don Lemon (CNN) says she stole those recipes from slaves. Black preachers wanting her to give some retribution to benefit the Blacks. Whites lining up in unity as if they have never heard of the word before. Paula should never had apologized the 1st time. Does Jay Z apologize, how about Kanye west? How about q. Tarintino with his last Flop movie! You people are a disgrace with this apology crap just like this administration is.

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@ Ive Casted the 1st stone

No kidding- Quentin ( I wish I was black) Tarantino makes a movie and we hear "Nigger" 300 times and that's ok? It is because he is putting Blacks to work $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ so there is the difference. As long as it has a price then blacks & Democratic whites think that is ok? I would love to blame all this on blacks but the whites (with there bent over paper assholes) fuel the fire. There is no just cause. It's all about the color of skin and the tolerance if you pay the big $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$! Get a grip Paula- the people that throw stones hated you anyway.

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Shes from the south were that word is more acceptable so I see how her using that word could come so easliy buuuut its still an ugly word and shouldnt be used. But that doesnt mean shes a racist or should've been fired...but I guess we see her color and hear her accent and know where shes from so of course we automatically assume racist right??

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