The Cricket’s Daily 3: Paula Deen cries her defense
Published: July 10, 2013 10:12AM
Updated: June 27, 2013 09:07AM
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In this publicity image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show, wednesday, June 26, 2013 in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past. The celebrity chef, who had backed out of a "Today" interview last Friday, said she was not a racist and was heartbroken by the controversy that began with her own deposition in a lawsuit. Deen has been dropped by the Food Network and as a celebrity endorser by Smithfield Foods. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer)

Here’s what’s being talked about in pop culture:

• Celebrity cook Paula Deen made a tearful appearance on “The Today Show,” and defended herself from charges of racism. [Entertainment Weekly]

• Will Smith may have priced himself out of an “Independence Day” sequel, but Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman are coming back for more alien butt-kicking. [Vulture]

• Comedian and Twitter star Jenny Johnson, whose profane tweets have included an epic online fight with Chris Brown, has signed a book deal. [The Hollywood Reporter]