TV network wary after past racial slur by celebrity chef Paula Deen

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Food Network television personality Deen cheers for her husband during the semi-finals of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key WestBy David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) – One of U.S. celebrity chef Paula Deen’s employers said on Thursday it was monitoring the controversy over her admission that she has used a racial slur in the past, while Deen’s own company said the cooking star does not condone racism. In a May 17 court deposition that surfaced on Wednesday, Deen, who is white, was asked if she had used the so-called N-word, a racial epithet directed against African-Americans, to which she responded: “Yes, of course. …

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