After admitting to the world that "of course" she's said the n-word — and in which awful ways she has — was anyone really expecting Paula Deen to show up and go through with her interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show??
NOTHING is shocking about this!
She was scheduled to appear on the show to talk about her admission under oath in a deposition that she has used racial epithets — which is a watered down way of saying she said some extremely racist things, and totally owned up to them like it was no big deal!
Deen's rep contacted the show MOMENTS before she was set to appear live and told producers that she was feeling "exhausted" after flying into New York. Or, feeling "cowardly" is more like it! LOLz!
Here's what Matt said:
"We had planned to have an exclusive live interview with Paula Deen this morning. We spoke several times with her people yesterday and then I spoke with Paula yesterday afternoon. We arranged an interview this morning. We agreed there would be no restrictions to that interview only that it would be an open and candid exchange.
"We started to hear from her people that she is exhausted. She has not called us at all. Her publicity person and I spoke a little while ago. Simply said they believe she is in the hotel but she has not confirmed anything other than she is not here."
This brings up an interesting thought: should anyone be expecting any professionalism from someone who would throw racial epithets around, or make her own brand of butter after lying to her viewers about getting diabetes from her unhealthy cooking TWO YEARS after the fact?
No, they shouldn't. And at this point, nobody should even want to interview her anymore! Her actions have been consistently inexcusable, and she should no longer be in a position of influence — plus, watching her try and dig herself out of this mess will just be an eye-rolling bonanza!
You know, because she has NOT apologized for the things she has admitted doing, and instead her team gives the public this:
"During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today. To be clear Ms. Deen does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination."
Saying it was a different time is such a cop-out. That excuses nothing. Own your mistakes, apologize for them, and CHANGE.
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