Paula Deen

Paula Deen Parts With Agent After Racial Slur Fallout

Paula Deen is ending her business relationship with a longtime agent after her admission that she used racial slurs in the past resulted in the loss of major pieces of her media and merchandising empire.

The celebrity chef’s spokeswoman, Elana Weiss, said in a statement Thursday that Deen “has separated from” New York agent Barry Weiner. Weiss said Deen and her family in Savannah “thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years.”

The decision follows a turbulent two weeks for Deen, whose business deals began unraveling after a legal deposition in which she admitted to using the N-word in the past became public.

The Food Network dropped Deen first, followed by pork producer Smithfield Foods, retail giants including Wal-Mart and Target, and Deen’s book publisher.

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Steven Tyler Sits With Oprah For Premier Of New Primetime Show


Steven Tyler is slated to appear on the premiere of Oprah’s new primetime series, Oprah’s Next Chapter. The American Idol judge sat for an interview at his New Hampshire home in September for the episode.

The interview reportedly covers several facets of Tyler’s past and present, including his rough and tumble marriages, drug addictions and gig on Idol.

Other celebs to sit for future episodes include Joel Osteen, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra,Sean Penn, George Lucas and Paula Deen.

For her part, Oprah boasted that the new show would be an improvement from her old show:

“We’re not sitting on The Oprah Winfrey Showin those chairs anymore, people.”

Oprah’s Next Chapter premieres on Sunday, January 1 from 9-11 PM EST on OWN TV.