Paula Deen severs ties with longtime agent

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Southern chef Paula Deen has dropped Barry Weiss, her longtime representative, following the controversy surrounding her use of the "n-word" and her admission to asking African-Americans to pose as slaves during her brother's wedding.

According to New York Daily News, news of the separation was confirmed Thursday. Elana Weiss released a statement on behalf of Deen to The Associated Press, saying, “Paula Deen has separated from her agent. She and her family thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years."

The split comes following the downfall from a deposition Deen gave admitting her use of the "n-word." Following her admission, the Food Network cancelled their contract with Deen, as did Target, QVC, Walmart, Caesars Entertainment, JCPenney and Home Depot.

Deen appeared on the Today show, where she spoke of her past and her admission of using the "n-word," delivering a tearful apology. However, it was to no avail; the celebrity chef was still dropped by several other brands and also had her book contracts cancelled.

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