June 24, 2013 01:40:34 GMT
QVC has 'concerns [over] the unfortunate Paula Deen situation' and won't feature her in any programs in immediate future while they are reviewing their business relationship with the restaurateur.
Paula Deen's deal with QVC is also in jeopardy amidst her N-word controversy. A representative for the network tells TMZ that they have "concerns [over] the unfortunate Paula Deen situation," noting that "QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior."
QVC hasn't made a decision whether to drop Deen or not, but "we are closely monitoring these events and we are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen." It adds, "In the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC."
Deen has appeared on QVC to promote her cookware. While the network hasn't taken a significant action towards the cook, Food Network has dropped her after she admitted to using racial slur in the past.
Food Network has since received backlash from Deen's fans, who took to the network's Facebook page to express their disappointment. Shirley Giron wrote, "You just lost a devoted fan of Food Network. We love Paula Dean -- use your head -- she messed up in the 80s -- give me a break!"
Mal Reese posted, "I will no longer watch the Food Network!! Paula Deen should NOT have been fired!!!" and Maria ODonnell stated, "Everyone in this nation has used a racist comment at one time or another. She grew up in the South, and why did this woman wait so long to even make an issue, more money? So in light of this lets boycott every rapper, singer, writer, actor/actress that uses that word, because they all have used it at one time or another. Total bunch of hypocrites."
Deen herself seemingly had no hard feelings despite Food Network's decision to fire her. In a statement released on Friday, June 21, the 66-year-old restaurateur and television personality thanked the network for 11 "great years," adding, "I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories. This would not have been possible without The Food Network."