Paula Deen out at Horseshoe casino, buffet to be renamed

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by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 12:54 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 8:26 AM

ELIZABETH, Ind. (WHAS11) -- Horseshoe Southern Indiana is severing ties with Paula Deen and will rebrand its buffet after a whirlwind controversy engulfed the celebrity chef when she admitted in a deposition that she had used racial slurs in the past.

"In light of today’s announcement regarding Caesar Entertainment Corporation and Paula Deen Enterprises mutual decision to not renew the two companies business relationship, Horseshoe Southern Indiana will announce plans for a new buffet in the near future," reads a Horseshoe Southern Indiana statement released after midnight Wednesday morning.

The Paula Deen Buffet page on Horseshoe's website had been removed as of early Wednesday morning.

A news release from Caesars Entertainment Corporation explained that the casino corporation and Paula Deen Enterprises had agreed not to renew its restaurant licensing contracts.

“While we appreciate Paula’s sincere apologies for statements she made in her past that she recently disclosed during a deposition given in response to a lawsuit, after thoughtful consideration of their impact, we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government affairs for Caesars Entertainment.

After threats of a boycott by some patrons, Horseshoe Southern Indiana had released a statement Friday night saying the company was "deeply disturbed" and would "continue to monitor the situation."

Deen's restaurant opened in 2010. Caesars operates Paula Deen-themed restaurants at four of its properties.

On Friday, Food Network also announced they would not renew her contract even after Deen issued a tearful apology on YouTube.  On Monday, Smithfield Foods followed suit, firing her as its spokeswoman.

Deen admitted to using racial slurs including the "N word" after a lawsuit was filed against her and her brother.

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