More trouble for Paula Deen: the celebrity chef has been dropped by Smithfield Foods, the global pork producing company.
“Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen,” the company based in Smithfield, Va., said in a statement. ”Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned.”
The news comes just days after the Food Network announced it was firing the self-proclaimed queen of Southern cooking in the wake of criticism over a deposition in which she admitted to using racial slurs.
Deen’s folksy charm catapulted her to fame with viewers on the Food Network. Since 2006, she has served as a spokesperson for the Smithfield brand, including a line of hams called the Paula Deen Collection.
On Friday, she posted two online videos apologizing for the “mistakes that I have made.”
The celebrity chef and her brother are being sued for racial and sexual discrimination by Lisa Jackson, who worked as a manager of their restaurant. During a deposition in May, Jackson’s lawyer asked Deen, 66, if she’d ever used the N-word. She said she had.
On Thursday, Paula Deen Enterprises told ABC News in a statement that the chef was “speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today.”
“She was born 60 years ago when America’s South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today,” the statement said.