Paula Deen Addresses Scandal, Bawls On Today Show (Video)

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/ June 26, 2013

Paula Deen’s downward spiral continued with a teary-eyed appearance on NBC’s TODAY show.

The former Food Network Star fell from grace after allegations of racism were brought forward by a former manger of her restaurant in Savannah, GA. In the sit-down with anchor Matt Lauer, Deen recalls what people have been saying about her.

“I’ve had to hold friends in my arms while they’ve sobbed,” Deen said. “Because they know what’s being said about me – it’s not true. And I’m having to comfort them, and tell them it’s going to be all right. If God got us to it, he’ll get us through it.”

Deen has been very emotional since the allegations, issuing sob-filled apologies but doesn’t view her use of the derogatory term any worse than what she’s witnessed from young people using it.

“It’s very distressing for me to go into my kitchens and I hear what these young people are calling each other,” Deen said. “For this problem to be worked on, these young people are going to have to take control and start showing respect for each other and not throwing that word at each other. It makes my skin crawl.”

Despite losing her slot on the Food Network, the celebrity chef says she wouldn’t take back telling the truth on the deposition back but asked that people treat her like a human who is capable of making mistakes.

“If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me,” she said. “Please – I want to meet you.”

Check out snippets of the interview as HuffPo staff weigh in above. —Alley Olivier

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