Paula Deen came under heavy fire earlier this week when it was alleged that she frequently uses racial slurs and at one point wanted Black waiters to play slaves at a wedding.
Her lawyer initially claimed the reports were untrue, but today Paula has issued an apology. In a video posted to her YouTube channel, Paula states:
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done, and I want to learn and grow from this,” Deen says in the highly edited video. “Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners, I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I’ve made.”
Check out the video below.
UPDATE: A second Paula Deen apology video has surfaced.
UPDATE: Paula Deen has been fired from Food Network.
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