on June 21, 2013 - 5:12 PM
, updated June 21, 2013 at 5:14 PM
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.
The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of the month.
Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002 and added “Paula’s Best Dishes” in 2008.
Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. The network’s announcement came just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mistakes.
It’s the second time the queen of comfort food’s mouth has gotten her into big trouble. She revealed in 2012 that for three years she hid her Type 2 diabetes while continuing to cook the calorie-laden food that’s bad for people like her. The Food Network, which began airing “Paula’s Home Cooking” in 2002, has said it does not tolerate discrimination and is looking at the situation. Deen’s other show, “Paula’s Best Dishes,” started at the network in 2008. She’s one of the longest-running and most recognizable of the network stars, although her show airs in daytime – not prime-time.