Paula Deen's Apology Video for Using the N-Word: Is It Sincere?

Friday, 21 Jun 2013 03:43 PM

By Megan Anderle

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Facing widespread backlash after she admitted to using the N-word during a deposition, Paula Deen issued a video apology Friday afternoon for her "unacceptable actions," with an edit almost every sentence.

“I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I’ve done,” Deen, 66, said in the 46-second clip. “I want to learn and grow from this. Inappropriate and 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.”

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Deen had a difficult time delivering her apology, stopping after almost every sentence, as if a publicist is feeding her lines. Her apology didn't specifically address any of the allegations made against her.

Lisa Jackson, who managed Paula Deen and her brother's restaurant in Savannah, Ga., is suing the two for racial and sexual discrimination for $1.2 million. During Deen's deposition, Jackson's lawyer asked Deen, 66, if she'd ever used the N-word, and she said, “Yes, of course.”

Earlier in the day on Friday, Paula Deen's camp defended the Food Network personality.

"During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today," read a statement from Paula Deen Enterprises obtained by ABC News. "She was born 60 years ago when America's South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today."

Deen wrote on Twitter that her video statement was coming shortly around noon.

She was scheduled to appear on the "Today" show Friday morning but didn't show up, USA Today reported.

Her rep said she was "exhausted."

Host Matt Lauer appeared to be puzzled by the sudden no-show.

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Sources connected to Deen told TMZ the apology came from her team.

"This was an apology produced by committee -- a committee of lawyers, publicists and other managers who don't understand the meaning of the word 'apology,'" TMZ wrote. "They've strung a bunch of words together that make Deen look pathetic ... throwing herself at the mercy of the court of public opinion."

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