What? That isn't the reason? It's because this denizen of the Deep South at one time used the 'n' word? For which she apologized having explained it happened a long time ago? Haven't we all made comments in our past that we wouldn't think of making today? Like calling the Washington football team the Redskins. We know how offensive that is. So we're told. In the context of racial reference is the 'n' word any worse? Both are derogatory racial references.
It's bad enough one could be fired for being politically incorrect for something that happened recently though many are reprimanded, sent to sensitivity school and that's the end of it. Don Imus seems to be alive, well and flourishing. So who at the Food Network has it in for Ms. Deen?
Frankly I'm tired of all these food programs. The egos of the chefs match the biggest in all entertainment. The Iron Chef competition is fixed and after a time downright boring. There's a certain sameness to all of it. How many times can you watch Guy Fieri try not to drip onto his shirt and still want to try what he's eating? Actually the only show we watch at all is Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen. Not so much for the food she prepares but because she's so ridiculously funny. Hardly politically correct though, would you say?
Or take the prime example of bad temper, rudeness and foul language Gordon Ramsey? I can't think of anything about the man that is a redeeming quality. He's offensive. Period.
So why Paula Deen? I wish she hadn't made her tearful plea for forgiveness. Neither deny nor dignify something said years ago as a result of the one time culture of her upbringing. Give the gal a break. Or if you're intent on letting her go make it for a reasonable reason.