Paula Deen must have realized (or was told) that her apology for her racist statements really sucked, so she made an apology video, posted it in YouTube…and then made it “private”, essentially taking the video down. Regardless of her attempts, The Food Network fired her.
Deen got a little Bynes-y and posted 2 more videos. According to the New York Times, in her apology video take 2, “she appeared more composed”. She also posted a video apologizing to Matt Lauer for flaking out on her Today show appearance set for this morning. Here’s what the NY Times is saying about the Today situation:
In a third video on YouTube, Ms. Deen apologized to Matt Lauer, the host of “Today,” for skipping a scheduled exclusive interview earlier in the day.She had agreed to the interview, extensively promoted by NBC News, to address the uproar generated by her deposition.
Clearly upset by her absence, Mr. Lauer told viewers that Ms Deen had spoken with him on Thursday, agreed to an “open and candid” discussion, flown to New York City — but in the morning, had her representatives cancel, citing exhaustion. “We just found out she’s a no-show,” he wrote on Twitter. “Hoping to get more info on the Paula Deen situation soon. Very confusing.”
After she apologized online to Mr. Lauer, a “Today” spokeswoman said the program was working to reschedule the interview.
Are you telling me that Paula Deen took the easy and cowardly way of disappearing instead of taking responsibility for her actions? That is so unlike her. How weird.
As for her apologies, here are some select quotes from both videos:
I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done. I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.
Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter. I was wrong, yes, I’ve worked hard, and I have made mistakes but that is no excuse and I offer my sincere apology to those that I have hurt, and I hope that you forgive me because this comes from the deepest part of my heart.
That is a much, much better apology than the statement her camp released yesterday, but it’s still too late, at least for The Food Network. They opted not to renew her contract in June. Anthony Bourdain is probably so psyched about all of this.