Source: Luchina Fisher / ABC News
More trouble for Paula Deen: the celebrity chef has been dropped by Smithfield Foods, the global pork producing company.
“Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind. Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen,” the company based in Smithfield, Va., said in a statement. ”Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned.”
The news comes just days after the Food Network announced it was firing the self-proclaimed queen of Southern cooking in the wake of criticism over a deposition in which she admitted to using racial slurs.
Deen’s folksy charm catapulted her to fame with viewers on the Food Network. Since 2006, she has served as a spokesperson for the Smithfield brand, including a line of hams called the Paula Deen Collection.
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