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Paula Deen Hires Judy Smith, Crisis Manager And Inspiration Behind ‘Scandal’s Olivia Pope

Source:  Jessica Cumberbatch Anderson / The Huffington Post

As the Paula Deen saga closes out its third week and the jury continues to deliberateon whether the celebrity chef’s formerly charming-as-cherry-pie persona will ever reemerge (or whether she’ll ever find forgiveness from the millions she offended with her admitted use of racial epithets), one thing has been on the mind of Deen’s one-time fans: “What would Olivia Pope do?”

In fact, it’s a question we’ve been wondering ourselves since Deen’s bread and butter (pun intended) hit the fan earlier this month and early Wednesday with the suspension of her endorsement deal with diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk.

Following two video apologies, of which many questioned the sincerity, the termination of her contract with the Food Network and a handful of other sponsors, and an appearance on the ‘Today’ show Wednesday, which some deemed as more defensive than contrite, Deen has called in crisis manager Judy Smith to help her get her empire back in order.

Smith, the muse behind ABC’s ‘Scandal,’ has worked behind the scenes helping calm the international hysteria over the SARS pandemic; advising Kobe Bryant and Michael Vick during their run-ins with the law; and shaping the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s reputation following the 9/11 attacks.

To read this article in its entirety visit The Huffington Post.

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