Paula Deen Loses Ham Endorsement Deal Amid 'N-Word' Controversy
Paula Deen is facing yet another casualty of her "n-word" scandal.
The former Food Network chef has lost her endorsement deal with pork company Smithfield, which for many years has sold a ham with Deen’s name and face on it.
“Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind,” the company said in a statement. “Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen. Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader, and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly alligned.”
The split comes in the wake of Deen’s sworn deposition, in which she admitted to using "the n-word” in the past. Deen and her brother are being sued by a former employee for creating a hostile work environment, including racial slurs, in their Savannah, Ga., eateries.
Deen since has released multiple public apologies and is scheduled to appear on the Today show this week, where she will be interviewed by Matt Lauer.