Paula Deen is losing fans left and right after the revelation that she uses more racial epithets in casual conversation than she does butter in her artery-clogging recipes, and you can count Wendy Williams as a foe.
The outspoken talk-show host bluntly condemned the TV food mogul for her ignorant attitude and threw in a good ol'-fashioned Forest Gump line for good measure.
"This is something that has been swirling around about Paula Deen for longer than this story," Williams told Entertainment Tonight. "It's just a shame to hear that she has admitted in her deposition that she uses the word and that she freely throws around racist jokes."
"She seems to think that it's OK. It's not OK. It just goes to show you money doesn't buy you class, it only exposes who you really are. Stupid is as stupid does."
Like us, Williams is left wondering what Deen's good friend Oprah Winfrey thinks about this mess — after all, the two sure seem to have a grand old time during their TV appearances together.
"Oprah, believe it or not, is the first person I thought about when I heard this statement," Williams said, referring to Deen's sickening deposition. "I said 'I wonder if her black friend Oprah knows about this statement?' I wonder if Oprah's been privy in person to hear Paula use this and if she's ever talked to Paula about it… I'm done with Paula Deen."
The Food Network TV star stands accused of using the N-word as part of a harassment lawsuit. Lisa Jackson alleges Deen routinely exposed her to sexual harassment and racist slurs, including a party-planning meeting during which she reportedly said, "What I would really like is a bunch of little n******s to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties. Now, that would be a true Southern wedding, wouldn't it?"
Deen denied making that statement but did admit to using the N-word in the past and said she would not object if someone told her a racist joke.
"During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today," read a statement from Paula Deen Enterprises to TMZ.
"[Paula] 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."
"To be clear Ms. Deen does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination."
Still, Deen found it better to skip out on a planned Today Show appearance this morning rather than face the tough questions of host Matt Lauer.
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