Paula Deen appeared on NBC's "Today" on Wednesday morning to address the racism controversy that she has been embroiled in this week. She was so upset at being labeled a racist that she broke down in tears.

"I believe that every one of God's creatures was created equal, no matter what church you go to pray. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, and that's the way I was raised," she said (via E! Online).

Deen also said she was "distressed that people I've never heard of are suddenly experts on who I am."

I think people are mostly just experts on whether she's used the N-word, which she has.


"Today" host Matt Lauer asked the embattled chef if she would have fired herself, if the tables were turned. She said no.

The Food Network on Friday dropped the celebrity chef after the Southern food doyenne was sued for racial discrimination and admitted in a legal deposition to using a racial slur in the past.

“Food Network will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” the network said in a statement.

The network’s decision was announced within hours of Deen apologizing on video for “the wrong that I’ve done” and begging for forgiveness.

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