praised her sponsor QVC for not dropping her amidst her current racial slur scandal, but it looks like QVC might be all she has left (Update: QVC has dumped Paula also. See below). Yesterday it was reported that Walmart has cut ties with the chef. Walmart released the following statement:
“We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed.”
Target has also ended their relationship with Paula Deen.
“We have made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com. Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory.”
Caesar’s Palace hasn’t released an official statement, but they’re said to be closing all four of her restaurants — one in Harrah’s Tunica near Memphis, Harrah’s Joliet near Chicago, Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina and a buffet at Horseshoe Southern Indiana.
The restaurants will re-open with different branding.
Diabetes drug company Novo Nordisk has also given Paula the boot…for now. She’s no longer their spokesperson.
Ouch. It’s a good thing she’s hired Olivia Pope.
UPDATE: QVC has officially dumped Paula Deen as well.
QVC CEO Mike George broke the news and released an official statement:
“We have talked with Paula and her team extensively over the last several days, and together we have considered what is best for our customers, for Paula, and for QVC. For now, we have decided to take a pause. Paula won’t be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts and we will phase out her product assortment on our online sales channels over the next few months. We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward.”
Paula has since responded to the company’s statement:
“As you know, I have some important things to work on right now, both personally and professionally. And so we’ve agreed that it’s best for me to step back from QVC and focus on setting things right.”
UPDATE: Sears & Kmart have also jumped ship.
Sears Holdings — owner of Sears and Kmart stores — tells us, “After careful consideration of all available information, we have made the decision to phase out all products tied to [Paula Deen’s] brand.”
But the retail giants — which carry Deen’s cookware and dishware lines — seem to be guilty of a little fence-sitting, because they added … “We will continue to evaluate the situation.”
UPDATE: Paula Deen’s publisher announced it has cancelled the publication of Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up.
The book wasn’t due until October and was already #1 on Amazon via pre-order…so much for that.