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Paula Deen to address racism comments in video

While Americans continue to mock and excoriate celebrity chef Paula Deen for admitting that "Yeah, of course" she uses the racial epithets and holds a certain nostalgic fondness for slavery, the celebrity chef remained conspicuously silent on the matter -- until now.

Through a rep, she issued a meek, problematic apology to TMZ (Deen was "speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today") on Thursday, but was a no-show for her first real opportunity to address the controversy -- a "Today Show" interview scheduled with Matt Lauer this morning.

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