Food Network won’t renew Paula Deen's contract
Published: June 24, 2013 09:52AM
Updated: June 21, 2013 05:49PM
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FILE - This Jan. 17, 2012 file photo shows celebrity chef Paula Deen posing for a portrait in New York. Deen says she has used racial slurs in the past but insists she and her brother, who are accused of racial and sexual discrimination in a lawsuit by a former manager of their restaurant, don't tolerate hateful behavior. In a court deposition conducted on May 17, 2013 and filed Monday, June 17, 2013, in federal court, an attorney for former restaurant manager Lisa Jackson presses the 66-year-old Deen about her racial views and those of her brother, Bubba Hiers. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

SAVANNAH, Ga. • The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.

The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of the month.

Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and added “Paula’s Best Dishes” in 2008.

While questioned last month in a discrimination lawsuit, the 66-year-old Food Network star admitted to having used racial slurs in the past, but insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

The network’s announcement came just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mistakes.

The TV cook said she wanted to apologize “for the wrong that I’ve done” and that she wanted to learn and grow from the incident.

In the video apology posted on YouTube, Deen said “inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”

The Food Network said Thursday it doesn’t tolerate any form of discrimination and is looking into the situation.