Paula Deen will leave the show she has hosted for 10 years following the controversy sparked by now-infamous racial slur.
The TV channel issued a statement about their decision on Friday: “Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month.”
Earlier, the 66-year-old chef cancelled an interview with Today’s Matt Lauer and posted two video online in which she apologized for the controversy following her discrimination lawsuit.
“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done,” she said in one of the videos. “I want to learn and grow from this.”
“Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners – I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I’ve made.”
In the second video Den said she offered her “sincere apology to those that I have hurt and I hope that you forgive me because this comes from the deepest part of my heart.”
“I have spent the best of 24 years to help myself and others. Your color of your skin, your religion, your se##al preference does not matter to me but it’s what in the heart, what’s in the heart, and my family and I try to live by that,” she said. “I am here to say I am so sorry. I was wrong.”
Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers are sued by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of their restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House, for alleged se##al harassment and racism.