Paula Deen Dropped By Caesars, Walmart [UPDATE]
UPDATE: Walmart has confirmed to Celebuzz that it will be ending its relationship with Paula Deen, effective immediately.
“We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed,” Walmart spokesperson Danit Marquadt told us. “We will work with suppliers to address existing inventories and agreements.”
ORIGINAL STORY: Another blow to the crumbling empire of Paula Deen, Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced Wednesday that it is severing all ties with the celebrity chef. Caesars will close its Deen-themed restaurants at casinos in Mississippi, Illinois, North Carolina and Indiana.
“While we appreciate Paula’s sincere apologies for statements she made in her past … we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time,” Caesars Entertainment executive vice president of communications and government affairs Jan Jones Blackhurst told Celebuzz.
Caesars is now the third company to drop Deen who admit last week to using racial slurs, including the n-word, in the past. Previously Smithfield Foods and the Food Network both ended their relationships with Deen. Walmart and Kmart — which both carry Deen-branded goods — have not announced whether or not they’ll continue to do so. QVC, on the other hand, has said it is “reviewing” its business relationship with Deen.
Deen herself appeared on TODAY Wednesday morning to address the controversy.