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The blows keep on coming for Paula Deen, who has been dropped by two more retail giants.
Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart, said Friday that both retailers would be cutting ties with the former Food Network personality in the wake of her N-word controversy.
“After careful consideration of all available information, we have made the decision to phase out all products tied to [Paula Deen’s] brand,” reads the statement, first obtained by TMZ. It added, however, “We will continue to evaluate the situation.”
Both stores currently carry Deen’s cookware and dishware lines.
Deen has lost a handful of high-profile business partners in the past few weeks, including Home Depot, Target, Walmart, Smithfield Foods, Caesars Entertainment and QVC. The Food Network, meanwhile, opted not to renew Deen’s contract.
The Southern TV cook has faced widespread outrage and dwindling endorsement deals since a deposition was released last week in which she admitted to in the past using a racial slur for African-Americans and discussed her wish to mount a “true Southern plantation-style” wedding.
But it’s not all bad news for Deen. In the midst of her scandal, Deen’s forthcoming cookbook has surged to the top of Amazon’s best-seller list, and fans continue to buy tickets to her 2014 cruise.
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