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Paula Deen Makes Tearful Excuse For The N-Word On TODAY With Matt Lauer

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Paula Deen just doesn't seem to get it! She's been trying to scramble out of something that's offensive and awful, and the blowback is ruining her career — that's something ANYONE who got themselves into her situation would try to do. Unfortunately, she's been trying to justify her actions instead of just flat-out making amends. And that's how things are getting wooooorse!

She went on the TODAY show early Wednesday morning, to talk to Matt Lauer (above). And, things aren't looking good for Paula!

In fact, she didn't really help herself at all with her excuses, such as saying she wants people to cast stones so hard that they kill her… and thinking that NAME DROPPING Rev. Jesse Jackson is a good enough excuse to making saying racist things OKAY.

So let's take a look at what she's saying to Matt. First, he asks her if she's still feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and shocked:

'Somewhat, yes. Because– there has been some very, very hurtful lies said about me.'

We're not sure they're lies if they've come out of a deposition where you've admitted — under oath — to doing the things that have gotten you fired!

Here's what she said about whether or not she knows that the n-word is offensive to black people:

'I don't know, Matt. I have asked myself that so many times. Because– it's very distressing for me to go into my kitchen and I hear what these young people are callin' each other. It's very, very distressing.'

We're smellin' some bullshiz!

She just has to know that word is offensive! Even if she can't feel it within herself morally for whatever reason, she sure as hell has been taught that it's offensive by society at this point! She is a GROWN ADULT.

Now, let's listen to her blame others:

'It's very distressing for me because I think that for this problem to be worked on, that these young people are gonna have to take control and start showin' respect for each other and not throwin' that word at each other. That– it is– it makes my skin crawl.'

And, just when we thought it couldn't get worse, she says this:

I've had to hold friends in my arms while they've sobbed because they what's bein' said about me is not true. And I'm havin' to comfort them and tell them it's gonna be all right. If God got us to it, he'll get us through it. I've had wonderful support from Reverend Jackson.

(SNIFF) I've had wonderful support. And I tell you what, if there's anyone out there that has never said somethin' that they wish they could take back, (SNIFF) if you're out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I'm not changin'. And I– there's someone evil out there that saw what I had worked for and they wanted it.

Look, Paula, if you want forgiveness, you HAVE to stop it with the excuses and the pity party and the name dropping. It's really hard for anyone to trust you after the shizz you pulled with Novo Nordisk, and the deposition — including wanting black employees to pretend to be slaves for a wedding — is NOT helping that.

We have no idea if any of this damage is irreversible, but what we do know is that we're tired of feeling like we're being fed what you think what we want to hear!

Own your shady past, apologize WITHOUT excuses, and move forward making this world a better place for all races. Oh, and never EVER use that word again!

The full 13 minute interview can be seen above. It's worth a watch, for sure — and we're glad Matt did not go easy on her!

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43 comments to “Paula Deen Makes Tearful Excuse For The N-Word On TODAY With Matt Lauer”

  1. thebigboot says – reply to this


    You called someone a f*g, and instead of apologizing you defended your usage of the word. The same word you try railroading other people for using. Perhaps people need to start approaching your sponsors and DEMAND that they stop paying for a man who DEFENDS his usage of the slur!

  2. nik says – reply to this


    what bothers me more is fake tears and fake crying. I watched the whole thing and only until the very end can you see a tear. I do feel bad for her but it appears this complaint is about how she and her brother treated their workers. Plus she stated she only said the n-word once which contradicts her deposition…

  3. 3

    She didn't even apologie. Straight up lied in Matt's face and fake cried. What a tragic interview. Not surprised over 80% of the viewers weren't buying it. Lady, just keep quiet.

  4. 4

    I'm sorry but this story is ridiculous. That this woman is being treated as a monster is ridiculous. People in the US need to calm the fuck down and stop being so dammed sensitive about every single thing. No healing can be achieved when people are waiting for the next goat to slaughter. I'm actually more ashamed at the Food Network, the media and THIS website, for helping make a stupid situation even more stupid.

  5. Melissa says – reply to this


    no, perez, YOU don't get it! she said that she has used it before like past tense! you are so ignorant and god knows you never check your facts, you act like she went on some show and spouted the n word. why is it ok for blacks to make fun of whites? give the woman a break you ignorant ugly caveman! this has been blown completely out of proportion!

  6. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Re: trinigirl123 – It's not a matter of believing, it's about hypocrisy. Is the N word truly that bad if we can have a #1 single and a tour called "N****s in Paris"? Kind of stupid that it's offensive if one race uses it but not another. Or how Robert Irvine can lie about his military service and working for the Royal family and get rehired by the Food Network. Not to mention Lil Wayne's little stomping incident? Better yet, Perez's use of the F word.

  7. 7

    I didn't watch the video, but from the lines taken out of it I don't really find anything wrong with what she has to say. I don't know if it is Perez writing these articles or if he has people who do it for him, but whoever is writing it obviously has a grudge against her. Every article written about her is so negative and it's actually making me not want to keep coming back to this site. As a journalist, aren't you not supposed to take sides? Aren't you just supposed to write the facts and let the reader decide for them self what they feel to be right? Idk I could be totally off, but that's how most news and/or gossip sites do it. But everyone about Paula on this site is so rude and judgmental and it's very disheartening to read. I typically enjoy Perez's articles, aside from the fact that a grown ass man uses words usually only heard in middle school girls bathrooms i.e "totes" "whatevs" "adorbz" "SEKSI!" (Really, Perez? please knock that shit off) & the fact that he finds Justin Bieber "like, totes seksi!" (The kid is complete garbage) But honestly, if the beating of Paula Deen continues in every article about her, he will definitely be losing a reader & a fan.


  8. 8

    What she said was wrong but this seems like a witch hunt at this point. Perez, I'm surprised that you of all people are taking such a hard line on someone who has obviously grown and changed in her life. We've all done and said things in the past that we regret and perhaps are deeply ashamed of. Perhaps her apology isn't as polished or as articulate as you may want it to be, but obviously she feels deep remorse. Actions speak louder than words- her entire personal history is based on overcoming odds and helping other people. It's a shame that we seem to have become a society of self-righteous hypocrites.

  9. lola says – reply to this


    This obviously has more to do with the use of the word in the 80's. Its about the way she and/or others conduct business. I saw a comment on another post about how this is just some offended white woman not from the south (Lisa Jackson) that isnt used to how things are in the south complaining and that paula's employees werent complaining… which they probably wouldn't complain if they wanted to for the simple fact they wouldnt want to lose their jobs. its just this simple their is a right and a wrong way to conduct your business no matter who is ok with your lack of professionalism because there are probably people who are uncomfortable with the situation. on another note girls call their friends "bitch" all the time and allow their friends to do the same in return, but would be upset if someone not in that circle came up to them calling them bitch. they would take it as disrespect like you dont know me only my friends can say that to me and it just means friend instead of the true disrespectful meaning behind the word… you could say the same applies to this word.

  10. WillowWynde says – reply to this


    I’ve been on Paula’s side since the beginning. And after having just read her deposition, I truly do not understand what in the world has so many people joining this bizarre witch hunt against her. So many lies are being carelessly tossed around, and it needs to stop. The treatment she has received truly sickens me and everyone who eagerly jumped on the false bandwagon should be ashamed of themselves!

  11. 11

    I absolutely love that all she talks about is herself. Fantastic apology, Paula!!!

  12. 12

    She needs to stop talking about this and stop giving interviews as she comes across as fake fake fake.

  13. lame says – reply to this


    Why should she apologise??She should have to apologise to the person or people she said it to or about but not to the entire world. America always brags about freedom of speech and all that yet they have a witch hunt when someone says something they don't like?!? Besides black people are allowed to say whatever they want about white people and nothing is ever said about it but when a white person says something rude about a black person its made into a huge deal!! Grow up America.

  14. 14

    Re: thebigboot – Although I HATE the word. That community has changed the spelling and it's meaning to lessen the pain of the word. They don't use it like Paula did. I don't think it should be used in any way.

  15. jtdolan says – reply to this


    Don't see how she did herself any harm by this interview. She apologized for using an ugly word in reference to a guy who put a gun to her head 30 years ago. If she is truly a racist more revelations will surface. I don't think it will happen.

  16. SoFree says – reply to this


    You did a great job with this article. If you get caught up in her sobbing you will overlook what she is actually saying. You hit the nail right on the head when you said "you HAVE to stop it with the excuses and the pity party and the name dropping". I have already forgiven you but it was so disappointing to see that you did not accept responsibility for your actions and tried to highlight the mistakes of other people. You are old enough to know better.

  17. Jenn says – reply to this


    People need to move on! She isn't a racist. Can all of you honestly say that you have NEVER in your life said something negative about another human being? She did this over 20 years ago…Grow up! And her comment about how it is distressing to go into her kitchens and hear young people using these words was her expressing true concern. No one can argue that African American's use the "N" word daily. They use it when speaking to each other, they use it in their music. She was simply stating that if African Americans are so hurt by this word, then they themselves shouldn't use it! If todays' youth continues to listen to rap music and hear African American's saying the "N" word in their song, then of course they will repeat it. When you hear something over and over again it is bound to slip out of your mouth at some point. I do not condone anyone using this word, but she apologized and has shown true regret. Move on and Grow up!

  18. Hunter says – reply to this


    Although what she said was wrong, I kinda understand her point on 'what young people are callin each other.' Because at my school, ALL of the East Indian (we don't have any African Americans) kids call each other the N word, and its totally acceptable. Until a white kid says it, then we're 'being racist'. That's the only part of this whole issue I can see her point on. Maybe she thought, like the kids at my school, that since they're calling each other that name, it's ok for us to call them that too.

  19. Perez the Hypocrite says – reply to this


    I find it interesting that you, Perez, called someone a f@g, were completely defiant about it, and refused to apologize when the LGBT community asked you to do so. Then, later, you did apologize, half @ssed, and now everything is fine. How dare you cast a stone at her and preach about appropriateness when you are far from it. That is called a HYPOCRITE. Are you able to take your blinders off and see that?

  20. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Re: trinigirl123 – Even with the change you (not you personally, obviously) can't sit there and go "It's offensive, but only if xyz uses it in xyz way." I agree, it should just stop being used period.

  21. 21

    Re: thebigboot – Just like the n-word, those that are gay can use the word but others can't. Is that really that difficult for you and her Hamness to understand?

  22. 22

    I feel like we're in a witch burning era. This isn't the 1500's people. She apologized, let's move on. Her career and LIFE is being sabotaged. Fact of the matter is the black community gets offended if the N word is used BUT if you're black that gives you free clearance to use it? Same thing for the gay community…. you can't use the F word if you're straight but if you're gay it's ok? I just don't understand the exceptions. If the word is offensive then EVERYONE should stop using it cause the minute you start picking and choosing exceptions you begin to blur the lines. Destroying someone's life and career…. seriously?

  23. thebigboot says – reply to this


    Re: captightpants – Ah yes! The hypocrisy defense! This will be the reason discrimination lives on!

  24. Adam L Grossman says – reply to this


    Im just gonna make a general statement: One should be VERY careful before accusing someone of being racist. While I am not a fan of using racial slurs…. I would be VERY cautious about jumping to conclusions that they are racist. One can not know what is in someone's heart simply by the use of a word.

    Sometimes people get angry and try to hit below the belt, sometimes people use it in humor, and while I am sensitive to minorities, I would be very careful to jump to say someone is a RACIST.

    Have you ever not liked a person who may be overweight and said "you know I really cant stand that fat fuck". Now… are you really ANTI-fat people? Most people truly aren't, but they will use words like this when angry. Then of course people use it in humor or when they are REALLY close…. Hell, I have friends who call me up and go "wassup my jew"… and make jewish cracks… and i KNOW they are not anti-semetic.

    Now of course there are those assholes who use the words truly because they ARE racist… you should be able to determine the true sentiment if you know people well enough.

  25. NA says – reply to this


    So happy that the intelligent comments here far outweigh the ignorant ones- including this ridiculous and hypocritical blurb written by Perez or his staff! Perez is an interesting character- oftentimes very self righteous….just give us the facts- leave opinions up to the reader.

  26. 26

    She sat there and said she only used thw word once during the robbery. THEN she agreed wit Matt when he saidh er testimony was that she had used it probably other times, and she had repeated jokes that probbaly had to do with black but then turned right aroud and said again she only said it once! How blatant of a lie. I used to LOVE Paula. I can't stand the hypocrisy of this. How can he ask if she thinks she was BORN a racist? Ridiculous. No baby is born a racist. She says she can't determine what will offend someone. Partially true but when you use derrogatory terms or tell off-color joes it is almost a guarantee it will offend someone. She can't change the past, she can only change going on forward. Sorry but the whole idea of plannign a plantaiton wedding with slaves is just SO WRONG. Business is business, but that kind of business you turn away. NO WAY could that be considered a good idea if you were going to have servers dressed as slaves! Plantaiton jwedding as in big and grand and outdoors is one thing. And it iIS her employees who are now coming out of the woodwork to allege improper behavior by her - not just some "whie woman from the north".

  27. 27

    If she was SO offended by her empoyees using the word she could make them stop using it. SHE Is the boss. She can say she does not find that type of language suitable and anyone using it WILL be fired. Plain and simple. She does not have to stand back and allow it. And WHY does SHE have to console her friends?/ WHAT kind of friends does she have that go to her to cry about how she is being treated and expect HER to comfort them?

  28. 28

    Are we really faulting this woman for being completely 100% honest in a deposition, rather than lying to preserve her image, as most public figures would? How many people here can say that they've never repeated a joke, or said something under their breath out of frustration while driving, etc. about another race. Everyone of all skin types will do this at some point or another in a lifetime of 60+ years. And if you say that you haven't or never would, then you really are lying to yourself.

  29. Janelle says – reply to this


    To Perez Hilton, Stop acting like you are holier than thou. You were the worst of the worst and still are and you have no right to judge anyone.

  30. Perezfansincepage666 says – reply to this


    Re: captightpants

    Captain tight pants- that's not even a logical argument. Let the positivity in friend- that's where the real change happens.

  31. 31

    you just want her to burn at the stake, and you are leading the mob. i know you use slurs too. just because you are gay doesn't mean you can use the F word. you are a hypocrite Perez. you are the pot calling the kettle black.

  32. marlin says – reply to this


    Go, Paula Deen! We all make mistakes. Corrupt, ineligible, anti-American trash Obama is the one who needs to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. marlin says – reply to this


    Obummer has yet to apologize!!!!!

  34. AC882010 says – reply to this


    Perez is a complete nut job. Typical product of leftist media propaganda. What a great figure for the gay community, no wonder society sees us as vapid disgruntled people when we have a bitter queen like this perpetuating this garbage. This whole scenario is absolutely ridiculous…you show me someone who hasn't once uttered something inflammatory and I'll show you a complete LIAR.

  35. Sipsy says – reply to this


    Re: sskiles – Very well stated, sskiles! Bravo!

  36. maegan says – reply to this


    what a disgusting person.

  37. Sheri says – reply to this


    have heard the "N-word"used in one week by two persons of one race (not of Paula's race) nor mine) and told them that if it's wrong for one, it's wrong for ALL! Quit rapping about it or using it in movies. Next, saying that it's acceptable for those OF that race to use that word but no one else is like saying it's ok for one woman to call another woman the B-word & just not a male. I call BULLS**T! Because I can guarantee it would get the word slapped right out of your mouth regardless what gender you are. Now, if we're going to hash up & judge people on what they were saying or doing 25-30 years ago….where were you Perez?!?!? And if this lawsuit was SO important to this woman…where is HER name & why did she wait so long to figure out it bothered her? All of that should be public record too. Time to do some more digging & less pointing fingers. You point one, you aim 3 back at yourself.

  38. kiki28 says – reply to this


    She seems to be getting angry now. We have heard her story and now he should just go away for awhile, and live her life with her family, friends and her multi-millon dollar empire…just go away.

  39. Britney says – reply to this


    I support Paula Deen because I truly believe that her apology was sincere but quit picking on Perez. He is simply reporting about a story that is already in the news and is getting a lot of attention in every state in this nation. Lighten up, haters. Oh, no! Wait! Does "lighten up" sound racist? I don't want to be the next victim of a witch hunt. I wasn't talking about skin color, drama queens. I'm talking about attitudes, just so you know.

  40. KG says – reply to this


    I think that all the dropping is a bit extreme; but she's still blatantly lying.

  41. YIKES says – reply to this


    omg she's an awful actress. she just does not get it. where's my rock?

  42. 42

    The lynch mob of society has ruined this woman's career because she admitted under oath that she called someone the N word 30 years ago while being held at gunpoint. As she was saying in the interview, who hasn't said something offensive to someone in the past? She's apologized about a gazillion times, what more do people want? It's really sad. I'm not a Paula Deen fan either…I just think this is a horrible reflection on how society is today.

  43. penny says – reply to this


    I can't stand Matt Lauer's "Glib" ass and won't ever watch that show as long as he is on it, the Today show sucks great big balls! He was a rude,smug,elitist asshole to Paula!