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Paula Deen Dropped by Target and Diabetes-Drug Company

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Paula Deen

UPDATE: More organizations sever ties with the chef after she admitted to having used the N-word.

Target and diabetes-drug maker Novo Nordisk are the latest companies to end their relationships with Paula Deen, currently embroiled in a controversy over her admitting to having used the N-word.

Target said Thursday that it will phase out its Paula Deen-branded merchandise.

"Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory," Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman, told THR.

Diabetes-drug maker Novo Nordisk also said Thursday that the company and Deen are suspending educational activities "while she takes time to focus her attention where it is needed," according to a statement.

Deen, who last year revealed she has Type 2 diabetes, was a spokeswoman for the company and its diabetes drug Victoza, which she took.

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Several business partners have cut their ties with Deen after she said in a deposition that she previously used the N-word. Last Friday, Food Network said it would not renew her contract when it expired this month. This week, she lost her endorsement deal with ham company Smithfield, and Caesars Entertainment Corporations and Walmart ended their relationships with her.

Home Depot also told NBC News Wednesday night that the company will stop carrying Paula Deen-branded items.

Meanwhile, other business partners have defended Deen.

Deen's diabetes news generated a controversy of its own due to her high-fat recipes and forced the chef to start promoting lighter alternatives.