Paula Deen Chopped! How Much of Her $17-Mil Fortune Will She Lose?
Deposed butter queen Paula Deen has been living high off the hog, raking in millions with her Food Network shows, cookware and books. While she's worth an estimated $17 million, the celebrity chef could soon find herself out of work, after admitting to using racial slurs.
First the Food Network let her go, announcing Friday that they would not renew her contract. Now, it seems other companies in bed with Deen are deciding whether they'll cut ties with the disgraced TV personality.
Smithfield, a pork production business, confirmed to "Extra" that they too dropped Deen. The company told TMZ in a statement, "Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind." The statement goes on... "We are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen."
QVC, which sells Deen's cookware, said in a statement that they are “reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen.” Sears, another company that carries her products, told People, "the company is currently exploring next steps as they pertain to Ms. Deen's products."
The cooking maven's products are also sold at Target, Walmart, jcpenney and Kmart.
Meanwhile, Random House told the mag they are "monitoring the situation closely” leading up to the release of the new book, “Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up.”
Deen remains the spokeswoman for Novo Nordisk's diabetes medication, Victoza, but the company said they “recognize the seriousness of these allegations and will follow the legal proceedings closely.”
The TV personality admitted during a controversial discrimination lawsuit deposition that she had used racial slurs. She apologized in two YouTube videos on Friday, insisting that “inappropriate and hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable.”
After the scandal broke, a controversial video surfaced of Deen discussing the Civil War with the New York Times. Watch!