Paula Deen's Surprising Admission

Celebrity chef admits to using a racial slur in the past.
1:55 | 06/20/13

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t treatment, axiron. To the case involving paula deen and the surprising admission that she has used a racial slur in the past. The reaction is growing and why dean could be in hot water tonight. Reporter: Already on the radio and online they're asking for paula deen to turn in her a upon. In her on going lawsuit with a former employee, the self-described cook of all things butter is she's a racist. He admits she once suggested to an assistant that they hire middle-aged black men for an old southern plantation wedding. She said she liked the civil war look acknowledging it was when black slaves waited on white people but she says she didn't mean anything derogatory. This is a very dangerous situation for her. Reporter: She's asked however used the n word yourself. Yes she said I'm sure I have but it's been a very long time. On the view today the issue of words and race blew up. The big question here may be how much does this affect her career. Reporter: And her tv home has had to come out saying that they don't tolerate any form of discrimination. Outside her savannah restaurant some of her customers were stunned. It's deplorable. I just don't think that's right, not in today's world it shouldn't be that way. Reporter: On twitter the award winning best selling author is having a terrible day, people joking that paula's best dishes are back of the bus biscuits and the south shall rise again souffle. Her people said she doesn't find racial slurs acceptable and explaining that she was born 60 e years ago when america's south was segregated. This is not today. Our thanks to steve tonight. When we come back here on

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