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Paula Deen Discusses Her Racist Scandal a Year Later: 'I'm So Sorry'

Paula Deen Discusses Her Racist Scandal a Year Later: 'I'm So Sorry'

Paula Deen flashes a smile while returning to the Today show a bit over a year after her big racist scandal on Tuesday morning (September 23) in New York City.

“I had to remove myself and sit quietly so that I could think and see things from all angles,” the 67-year-old celebrity chef said of her scandal last year where it was revealed she used a racial slur. “I’ve learned so much over the year. I really feel like it’s gonna require another book. We are working on a documentary, because I feel like everybody needs to know the whole entire story.”

“I’ve always been very, very naive. Unless you do something that I can see that you’re trying to hurt me, in my heart, you’re good. That’s childlike, and it’s naive. I’m trying to be more guarded. I don’t ever want to get to the point where I’m cynical because I believe that there are more good people than bad,” Paula added.

“Words are so powerful. They can hurt. They can make people happy. Well, my words hurt people,” Paula added. “They disappointed people and frankly, I disappointed myself. And for that, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry for the hurt that I caused people because it went deep.”

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  • freya

    I would give Paula Deen another chance. There are people who commit more racist crime than she is. At least she will not deny a poor kid with cancer his last wish to cook with her like Ina Garten who would prefer to cook with rich famous healthy celebrities. than granting a poor dying latino kid his wish which to me is more racist than what Paula Deen allegedly did.

  • forrest gump

    good to know times change with america in front.

  • Destiny

    She’s only sorry she got caught saying the things she did. TRUST ME, if we knew nothing about this she would still be saying the same racist things that she grew up knowing and saying. She’s only sorry her empire took a hit. Most people are guilty of making prejudice statements most are not in the position she is – We really don’t care what she has to say next

  • Bob Newman

    She “really feels it’s gonna require another book”…She came across before as a sweet and innocent southern while building an empire and really not having been sweetly innocent. Now exactly what she has learned is to be more careful cuz you might get caught; but if you do – then write a book for millions more $$$$. Naïve? LOL.

  • DeenFan

    Love you Paula :)

  • LaLa

    She has PAID the price…. Time to move on!

  • Jamie Girl

    @blacks are racist thugs: @blacks are racist thugs: @blacks are racist thugs: Get a history lesson before you start calling an entire group of people thugs. Paula Deen is an out-and-out racist who needed to be called out for her actions. Only idiots like you resort to blaming the victims of centuries of oppression to make your lying, racist, and vapid statement.

  • blacks are racist thugs

    @jamiegirl
    read it again bitch
    black people aren’t sweet and innocent, they are thugs
    in fact, black people who call themselves rappers are extremely racist and hateful in their lyrics against whites and women. i want to bring down their criminal empires, which is a lot more pervasive and dangerous to culture than paula deen and her cooking show
    I’ll continue to call blacks n-i-g-g-e-r-s as long as they harass whites and women in their music
    a lot more blacks need to be taken out and whipped for their racist rants

  • blacks are racist thugs

    would you like me to list all the rappers out there insulting you as a woman …..jamiegirl

    if you listen real close you can tell they are black men and that they hate your guts
    they even use the n word
    here let me spell it for you in case you didn’t learn that in your history classes:
    n-i-g-g-e-r