Smithfield Drops Paula Deen
Paula Deen has lost a second money-maker after her racist statements hit the public, and another might not be too far behind.
Disgraced TV cook Paula Deen is going to have to ham it up someplace else. Not only has she been fired from the Food Network for her racist comments, she has now been dropped by Smithfield Foods.
The world's largest pork producer, based in Smithfield, Virginia, issued a terse statement announcing their decision.
"Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen."
"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 company is already being eyed with suspicion because of a plan for a Chinese buyer to take over the company — Deen merely added fuel to the fire.
The queen of Southern cooking might also be getting the axe from QVC, where she hawked her line of cookbooks and cookware through Paula Deen's Kitchen.
"QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation," the network said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC."
Deen is currently embroiled in sexual harassment litigation that has brought claims of racism to light. She released two apology videos last week after abruptly canceling a planned appearance on the Today Show — a guest spot for which she now says she's getting a do-over.
"See you Wednesday," she wrote on Twitter. "I am so glad Matt, Al and my friends at @TodayShow are bringing me back."
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