June 21, 2013 12:32pm PT by THR Staff
'Daily Show' Skewers Paula Deen in 'Fried and Prejudice' Segment (Video)
With the discrimination lawsuit against Paula Deen ignited by the admission that the celebrity chef had used a racial slur, The Daily Show's newly crowned fill-in host capitalized on the news.
"The N-word?" asked John Oliver on Thursday night. "Which one did she use because I know it wasn't non-fat."
In the deposition in a discrimination lawsuit filed against Deen, the chef had admitted that she had previously used the N-word but said she does not condone its use. On Friday, Deen canceled a scheduled interview with Today show host Matt Lauer.
After several one-liners where the Comedy Central host is pleased with how his quips landed, Oliver settled down The Daily Show segment. "I think I may almost be full of Paula Deen jokes, I mean, let me just settle my stomach here," he said, while adding generous amounts of upset stomach medication to a water glass.
Oliver devoted nearly the entire opening segment to the Food Network chef, bringing in correspondent Jessica Williams to decipher Deen's medical condition of "type-1 or type-2 racism."
Deen released a video statement on Friday in which she apologized for her use of the N-word. "I want to apologize for everybody for the wrong that I've done," she said. "I want to learn and grow from this. ... Inappropriate hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable."