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Paula Dean apologizes
If you can't stand the heat -- get out of the kitchen.
And that's just where Paula Deen is headed.
But it wasn't her idea.
The food network is not renewing her contract – after Dean admitted using racial slurs.
"I beg for your forgiveness."
Paula Deen said she deeply regrets using racial epithets.
"I want to apologize to everybody, uh for the wrong that i have done, ugh. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable, “ said Deen.
The celebrity chef, called the face of southern cooking, was asked – did you ever used the "N" word yourself.
“Yes, of course.” she said. “I'm sure I have but it's been a very long time.”
But she says she's not racist.
“Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me,” Deen said.
“It doesn't matter. Her goose is already cooked,” said her employer – who issued this statement: "Food network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month."
Deen is being sued for 1.2 million dollars by Lisa Jackson, a former manager at one of her Georgia restaurants, who says Deen's brother racially and sexually harassed employees, and Deen knew but did nothing about it. Both dispute the charges.
Paula Deen has written 14 best-selling cook books, and she's the queen of a nearly $16 million business empire.
But it seems all of her sweet success has turned sour.