Paula Deen's decision to face Matt Lauer on live television did nothing to save her business relationship with Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
Mere hours after the appearance on NBC, the company that owns and operates Caesar's Palace hotel properties announced its decision, according to NBC News.
"It had reached an agreement not to continue a business relationship with Deen's company, Paula Deen Enterprises. Caesars operates Paula Deen-themed restaurants at four of its properties, which it said it intends to rebrand."
As for the televised interview, well it was like you'd imagine, including tears and explanations but, you could not have imagined the following two things:
Paula Deen did not say the words, "I'm sorry" and still doesn't know if black people are offended by the use of the "N" word. Video posted below
Deen told Lauer:
"I don’t know, I have asked myself that so many times," Deen said. "It's very distressing for me to go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other ... it’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on, that these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other."
Despite the fact that Food Network pulled the plug on renewing her show and Smithfield Foods told her she would no longer endorse a line of ham products, Paula Deen is unable to distinguish between how the "N" word is used among black people and how it is used to refer to a black person by someone of a different race.
Of one thing she is very clear. She knows who she hates.
“There’s a couple of kinds of people that I don’t like, that I am prejudiced against, Matt – and that’s thieves and liars.”
As you would expect, Paula Deen disagrees with the decision of Food Network and others who have terminated business deals with her and her companies. She wouldn't have made that decision if she were in their shoes.
"Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No," she said. "I am so very thankful for the partners I have who believe in me."
What exactly did Paula Deen accomplish with her appearance this morning? Perhaps she had to face the cameras at some point, real cameras as opposed to the shaky videos released last week on YouTube that looked like they were shot in a back room somewhere.
Decide for yourself what, if anything Paula Deen did to help herself today.