Paula Deen Thanks Food Network Following Firing, Issues Second Apology

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In the aftermath of the n-word scandal that got Paula Deen fired by Food Network, the embattled chef wants to clear the air once and for all.

She offered a second video apology for using racial slurs in the past, and issued a statement thanking the channel for 11 "great years" on TV.

Said Paula Deen in her statement released to CNN:

"I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared the most touching and personal stories."

"This would not have been possible without the Food Network."

"Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya'll."

The mea culpa was too little too late for the network, which announced that Deen would not be returning following a bizarre video statement Friday afternoon.

This morning, Deen's hour of programming was already yanked from the channel.

Deen came under fire after admitting last month under oath in a lawsuit deposition to using racial slurs, including the n-word, in the past.

After bailing last minute from a scheduled appearance on Today to address the scandal, Deen released a video "apology" on YouTube.

That video (below) was so poorly received that only made the situation first. She then posted a second (above), but the damage was done.

"Your color of skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me," the 66-year-old Deen said in the follow-up apology video.

"I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press say that we are. I've spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others."

"I am here to say that I am so sorry. I was wrong, yes. I've worked hard and I've made some mistakes. But that is no excuse."

Sources say the fallout from the discrimination lawsuit filed against her, along with her management's clumsy damage control, left Food Network no choice.

The first apology video - in which she appears to be reading from a script and stumbling over vague, non-compelling words - was the final straw.

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I think in our world there are more people than Mexican, Americans of Africa descent or Caucasians. Our world is more complex because is a mixture of people who are not a color or a derogatory name you can single out as before. You try to feel important and say you call difference races some blank ___bomb, and you feel a out it. But this new they are a mixture and a race. It is on you. I live in a country where is so many mixtures. And it will blow your mind, because they are all Americans. And they are coming back to America my country. So for you to say you get off calling people names. Well your will be the minority. And there bomb____blanks names you call them. Well they will be calling you the names you called others because you will be the majority. Ha..ha

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@ Rose

So, if I'm hearing you right- 2 wrongs do make a right? Payback? Well ok then, I'm guessing it's our serve!

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I drop N-Bombs at least 20 times a day....and i can live with that.Blacks and Latinos drop every derogatory barb behind whites backs ALL THE FRIGGIN' TIME,so get the hell over it you sanctimonious a-sholes.

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White people it is time to wake up. There is a huge double standard in using racist remarks and we all know it. This guiltily mindset will get you no where only to be stepped on even more. This is what you get when you have liberalism in abundance. This country and it's laws leave us with more racism than the Watts riots and OJ in the 90's. Even the little queer Don Lemon on CNN says that Paula is using recipes that the slaves established. It is insane.

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She said the "N" word in the past? Who the hell hasn't???? If its not one thing its another now a days! Ugh get over it!! I love Paula regardless cause if its ok for one to say that word its ok for anyone else... stop taking offence to mess that happened so long ago that's why the world can't move forward... cause its still looking back! PAULA DEEN is awesome!

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I personally dont care that she said it . I enjoyed her show. I think no less of her. I have seen people call white people names on tv. So what happened to them ?? NOTHING! right!

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So its ok for all these rappers to use to N word but not her. hmmm pretty pathetic i think.

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So Paula Deen gets fired for admitting to using an offensive word, but Chris Brown was kept by his record label after physically assaulting his girlfriend? Okay then.

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she don't like the idea of being lynched.

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