Paula Deen on “Today” show: “I is what I is and I’m not changing”
After several PR missteps involving allegations of racism -- for which she issued a non-apology apology via a rep, canceled a Friday "Today" show interview and released a series of bizarre apology videos on YouTube -- celebrity chef Paula Deen has come out to defend herself on national television.
"I am here today because I want people to know who I am, and people who have worked beside me walked beside me, know what kind of person I am. I am so distressed that people I have never heard of are experts on who I am," a weepy Deen told Matt Lauer on the "Today" show this morning. "I'm not a racist."
When Lauer pushed Deen to talk about her use of the N-word, Deen maintained she used it only "once," 30 years ago. "The day I used that word was a world ago," she said.
"So reports that you were asked in that deposition, whether you had used the N-Word on other occasions and said 'probably' or 'of course,' are inaccurate?" asked Lauer.
However, Deen then said, "No. I answered the question truthfully."