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Food Network won't renew Paula Deen's contract

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Paula Deen (Photo still from video clip on PaulaDeen.com) Paula Deen (Photo still from video clip on PaulaDeen.com)
SAVANNAH, GA -

The Food Network says it will not renew the contract of celebrity chef Paula Deen, days after it was revealed she admitted using racial slurs in the past.

The network said in a news release Friday afternoon that it would not renew Deen's contract when it expires at the end of the month.

Deen has built an empire from her television shows, cookbooks and product endorsements. The Food Network began airing "Paula's Home Cooking" in 2002 and added "Paula's Best Dishes" in 2008.

Deen admitted while being questioned as part of a lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. She insisted she and her family do not tolerate prejudice.

The network's announcement came just hours after she posted a video online apologizing for her past mistakes.

Paula Deen was a no-show Friday at the "Today" show.

Today" host Matt Lauer told viewers he had spoken with Deen the day before to arrange what NBC had promoted as an exclusive, live appearance.

But shortly before the show went on the air Friday, Lauer said he was told by a Deen representative that she was pulling out.

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