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Paula Deen Breaks Down in Tears, 2013

After it was revealed that Paula Deen had admitted in a deposition to using the N-word, the Southern chef was fired from the Food Network and dropped by several of her sponsorship partners. In an attempt to do some damage control — and to clear her name of the racism charges — Deen sat down with Lauer on June 26, 2013. During the 14-minute interview, the beleaguered star broke down into sobs as she tried to defend herself. "I is what I is, and I'm not changing," she said tearfully.


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