Deen loses more business ties

Sears, Penney sever relations with celebrity chef
Associated Press
Jun 28, 2013

Paula Deen's media and merchandising empire is collapsing.

Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreen said Friday that they're cutting ties with Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

Meanwhile, Deen's publisher has canceled a deal with her for multiple books, including an upcoming cookbook that was the No. 1 seller on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.

Ballantine Books said Friday it would not release "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up," which was scheduled for October and was the first of a five-book deal announced early last year. Interest in it had surged as Deen, who grew up in Albany, Ga., and specializes in Southern comfort food, came under increasing attack for acknowledging she had used the N-word.

Ballantine, an imprint of Random House Inc., said it decided to cancel the book's publication after "careful consideration." It had no comment beyond what was in its brief statement, spokesman Stuart Applebaum said.

Sears Holdings Corp. said it will phase out all products tied to the Paula Deen brand after "careful consideration of all available information."

"We will continue to evaluate the situation," said the parent company of Sears and Kmart stores.

Both Sears and Kmart sold Paula Deen products.

In an email statement to The Associated Press, J.C. Penney Co. Inc. said it will stop selling Deen-branded products.

Walgreen Co. said it was phasing out Paula Deen-branded products, which include tortilla chips and a selection of soups.

QVC took a more gentle approach on Friday and said that it has decided to "take a pause" from Deen. The home shopping network said that Deen won't be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts, and it will phase out her product assortment on its online sales channels over the next few months.

"We all think it's important, at this moment, for Paula, to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward," said Mike George, QVC's president and CEO in a letter posted on the company's website.

But QVC left the door open for Deen to return. "Some of you wonder whether this is a 'forever' decision — whether we are simply ending our association with Paula," continued George. "We don't think that's how relationships work. People deserve second chances."

Deen issued her own statement that was posted on QVC's webpage. "As you know, I have some important things to work on right now, both personally and professionally. And so we've agreed that it's best for me to step back from QVC and focus on setting things right

The developments are the latest blows dealt to Deen since comments she made in a court deposition became public.

Earlier this week, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Target Corp. and Home Depot all announced that they plan to stop selling cookware and other items with Deen's brand.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, Novo Nordisk said it and Deen have "mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now." Deen had been promoting the company's drug Victoza since last year, when she announced she had Type 2 diabetes

On Monday, pork producer Smithfield Foods dropped her as a spokeswoman.

Caesars Entertainment also announced that Paula Deen's name is being stripped from four buffet restaurants owned by the company. Caesars said that its decision to rebrand its restaurants in Joliet, Ill.; Tunica, Miss.; Cherokee, N.C.; and Elizabeth, Ind., was a mutual one with Deen.

Last week, the Food Network said that it would not renew her contract.

The stakes are high for Deen, who Forbes magazine ranked as the fourth highest-earning celebrity chef last year, bringing in $17 million. She's behind Gordon Ramsay, Rachael Ray and Wolfgang Puck, according to Forbes.

Paula Deen Enterprises, which spans from TV shows to cookware and furniture, generates total annual revenue of nearly $100 million, estimates Burt Flickinger III, president of retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group.

But Flickinger estimates she could lose up to 80 percent of her business by next year as suppliers extricate themselves from their agreements.

Not every company Deen does business with has severed ties. Among other stores that sell her products, Kohl's Corp. declined to comment, while Macy's Inc. said Thursday that it continues to "monitor the situation."

Hoffman Media LLC, the publisher of "Cooking with Paula Deen" magazine, announced Friday that it will continue publishing her bi-monthly publication.

"Hoffman Media has worked closely with Ms. Deen since 2005," said Eric Hoffman, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Hoffman Media in a statement. "The recent images portrayed by the media do not reflect the person we know on a personal or a professional level."

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AP National Writer Hillel Italie contributed to this report

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Comments

2cents
Contango

BUT he wasn't POTUS then. :)

BUT, then again: How do we know with 100% metaphysical certainty that he still doesn't "partake"?

2cents

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/...

I guess this tells us he does : )

The Big Dog's back

It's your Capitalistic Corporations who are dropping her winnie. Money, Money, Money.

Contango

Re: "It's your Capitalistic Corporations who are dropping her,"

Re: "1st of all I like Paula Deen."

So you support her racial slur DERPY?

The Big Dog's back

Nope.

Contango

Re: "Nope."?

The Big Dog's back writes:

"1st of all I like Paula Deen."

So defend her DERPY.

The Big Dog's back

She's a big girl, she can defend herself. Still have that derogatory outlook on women ehhh winnie.

Contango

The Big Dog's back writes:

"1st of all I like Paula Deen."

Explain YOURSELF DERPITY DOG. :)

Only a racist like you would excuse Robt. Byrd too.

Quailman

Over something she said 20 or 30 years ago... I remember my parents once told me that when you grow up, it won't matter what people think of you based on the mistakes you made when you were younger. Ha, tell that to the controversy surrounding Paula Deen... welcome to today's generation where minds are made up about you and what you did when you were younger does matter.

The Big Dog's back

Of course it matters.

2cents

Maybe then but now it is on a zatabyte hard drive LOL

deertracker

I have seen quite a bit of coverage on this but have yet to see any black group, person, or organization, speak out against her. I have seen blacks speak out for her. These are white people doing this to her. Don't blame the NAACP, blame those that are at fault.

2cents

Things only haunt some people. It is the way of our society, black, green, purple or whatever!

http://newsbusters.org/sites/def...

Contango

Re: "These are white people doing this to her."

Good observation.

IOW: White guilt.

Liberals love to bathe in it as part of a "purification" rite.

deertracker

"white guilt" is nothing more than a made up term by white people for their own "purification" purposes. You can't change the past. Move on already!

Contango

Re: "'white guilt" is nothing more than a made up term by white people,"

NOPE! Black libs like it too.

You obviously don't pay attention to poverty pimps like Jackson and Sharpton and race baiters like John Conyers.

Can you say: REPARATIONS????

http://conyers.house.gov/index.c...

deertracker

Like I said, you can't change the past. Keep your REPARATIONS!

The Big Dog's back

deertracker, he's hittin' the sauce again.

deertracker

I have warned him repeatedly about Kesslers. He just won't listen.

Contango

Re: "Keep your REPARATIONS!"

So tell THAT to the aforementioned white guilt promoters.

Contango

"Alec Baldwin loses it in Twitter rant, hurls homophobic slurs"

http://www.latimes.com/entertain...

Do you think that Capital One and Hollywood movie studios will dump this liberal *ss clown?

LadyC

Her stuff cost too much and she used way too much butter. I think it's safe to say she can retire comfortably. She'll be a'ite. Martha Stewart's ok after a prison stint and and insider trading scandal. Next?

Contango

The Big Dog's back writes: "For the umpteenth time this is more than about 25 years ago."

So that makes it right DERPY?

You obviously support racial hatred since you can excuse Robt. Byrd who was a MEMBER of a white supremacist organization.

Warhol_89

So this is what Paula gets for admitting to her mistakes instead of trying to cover them up, this will really encourage the youth of today to be honest. The TRUTH will set you free, huh? Yeah, that's a LIE!

The Big Dog's back

Here's a summary of some of the things being alleged against Paula Deen, her brother Bubba Hiers and the Deen business entities:

Summary:

Paula Deen, while planning her brother's wedding in 2007, was asked what look the wedding should have. She replied, "I want a true southern plantation-style wedding." When asked what type of uniforms the servers should wear, Paula stated, "well what I would really like is a bunch of little n*ggers to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties, you know in the Shirley Temple days, they used to tap dance around;

Black staff had to use the back entrance to enter and leave restaurant;

Black staff could only use one bathroom;

Black staff couldn’t work the front of the restaurants;

Brother Bubba stated his wishes: “ I wish I could put all those n*ggers in the kitchen on a boat to Africa”;

Bubba asked a black driver and security guard "don’t you wish you could rub all the black off you and be like me? You just look dirty; I bet you wish you could." The guy told Bubba he was fine as is;

Bubba on President Obama: they should send him to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, so he could n*gger-rig it;

He shook an employee (Black again) and said” F your civil rights…you work for me and my sister Paula Deen;

Paula’s son Jaime's best friend managed the Lady & Sons restaurant. He threatened to fire all the 'Monkeys' in the kitchen. When Paula found out…she slapped him on the wrist and suggested that the employee visited Paula's $13,000,000 mansion so he felt special and could be massaged.

So if you are OK with this, what can I say.

Darwin's choice

And, the source for your fairy tale? Mother goose? Here's one for you...where is the outrage for this?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?fea...

OH-IO

It's just country pride," some say of Paula Deen's use of racist language and her fantasy of having a group of black, male servers. "It's just a word," people say as they dismiss the error that cost Paula her TV show. "It's just a joke," Deen, herself, said of her use of the N-Word. However, racism coated with smiles, cute southern accents, (and even butter) is still racism.

KURTje

When down south they called me a Yankee, I called them hillbillies. They got real mad. ahhHAH

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