In 2013 , the celebrity chef admitted to using the n-word after a former employee filed a lawsuit against her for racial and sexual discrimination. Although the suit was later dismissed, it caused Paula to lose publishing and endorsement deals from Food Network, Target, Home Depot, Wal-Mart and others.
In a statement released to NBC News, a representative for Deen said:
Paula Deen’s Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy. This photograph is from a 2011 Halloween episode of Paula’s Best Dishes. Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended. As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager.”
P.S. Did you find the photo offensive or harmless?