Paula Deen fans vent their outrage at Food Network
SAVANNAH, Georgia (AP) - Fans of Paula Deen are venting their outrage over the decision by the Food Network to dump the comfort-food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.
A day after announcing that it's dropping Deen from its roster of celebrity cooks, the cable television network was served heaping portions of Southern fried outrage by her fans.
Angry messages piled up Saturday on the network's Facebook page, with many Deen fans threatening to change the channel for good. "So good-bye Food Network," one viewer wrote. "I hope you fold like an accordion!!!"
The decision to drop Deen, whose daytime shows have been a Food Network fixture since 2002, came two days after disclosure of a recent court deposition in which Deen was asked under oath if she had ever used the N-word, a racial epithet. "Yes, of course," 66-year-old Deen said, though she added, "It's been a very long time."