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Paula Deen issues apology regarding use of racial slurs

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Paula Deen, the self-proclaimed queen of southern cooking, is in hot water for remarks she made in a deposition. A former general manager filed a lawsuit against Ms. Deen, claiming she suffered prejudice because her father is Sicilian.

In the document, Deen admits to condoning pornography in the workplace, using racial slurs in the past and tolerating racist jokes.

"I mean, that's it? So...no," said, Bishop Dr. Sterling Lands presides over the Greater Calvary Bible Church in east Austin.

"It's very easy when you look at your bottom line, your p and l and you see where something you've done is causing you to go in the red, it's easy to suddenly want to repent and ask for forgiveness," Lands said.

The deposition was made public Wednesday, Deen did not apologize until two days later, via Youtube videos.

Jamail Walker asked, "What's wrong with her?"

"I didn't believe it at first. I watched her show before, you know, so I was, like, shocked," said Hakim Avery.

"You need to take ownership and suffer the consequences," added Walker.

Avery said, "In real life she's not the person she's putting herself out to be."

"I've grown to be culturally diverse and I wish more people were like that," said Walker.

Avery added, "She shoulda apologized on live television, explaining in full detail."

In the deposition, Deen says most jokes were about Jews, homosexuals, blacks and rednecks.

"I read her deposition. She says everybody does it. Well, everybody doesn't do it, unless I'm not a body...but the fact that you would say that means you are insensitive to other cultures in this country," said Lands.

Some people on our FOX 7 Facebook page did show her some support; Pat Herrera writes "...My girl Paula can cook so let her say what she wants."

Bob D. Layton adds, "Who cares? Leave the butter queen alone."

Sheila Guajardo said, "Leave her alone that woman is not racist! People need to get a life or some business!"

And Jason Cook posted, "Did she use the n-word?? If so, now she can be a famous rapper."

A source from the Food Network says while they're dropping Paula, the shows featuring her sons will not be affected.

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