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Paula Deen 'heartbroken' as sponsors flee

Following celebrity chef Paula Deen's admission that she used a racial slur, she has been dropped by The Food Network, Smithfield Foods and now Walmart. Deen gave a tearful interview on the 'Today' show on Wednesday. 

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Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during the interview which followed her admission that she had used a racial slur in the past.

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U.S. celebrity chef Paula Deen, under fire after she admitted using a racial slur, said in a tearful TV interview on Wednesday that she is not a racist, as retailer Walmart said it was cutting ties with the chef.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, the Southern food doyenne said she never intentionally hurt anyone and that it was important for her to tell "everyone out there what I believe and how I live my life."

When asked if she felt she had racist tendencies, she replied, "No."

 

It was her first TV interview since The Food Network said Friday it would drop her show after she was sued for discrimination and admitted in a legal deposition that she had used a racial slur in the past.

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