Deen apologizes, dropped by Caesars

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by Gene Kang

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 26, 2013 at 6:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 26 at 11:59 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Despite a tearful apology on the “Today” Show the hits keep coming for Paula Deen and her use of racial slurs.

Caesars Entertainment announced on Wednesday that it would be removing Deen’s name from restaurant on its properties.
 
The Food Network, Smithfield Foods and Wal-Mart has cut ties with Deen while QVC hangs in the balance.
 
Deen ran out of luck at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, her buffet restaurant now off the menu.

People had the following to say after Ceasers Entertainment’s announcement.
 
"It's sad that it's come to this," Marsha Bohannon who visits Horseshoe Southern Indiana said.
 
"I think she's being outcast for something that isn't such a big deal," Michael Miller who sympathizes for Deen said.
 
Caesars Entertainment reached a mutual agreement not to renew their contract at four locations, including Horseshoe Southern Indiana.
 
"While we appreciate Paula's sincere apologies for statements she made in her past... in response to a lawsuit... it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways," Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Communications and Government Affairs for Caesars Entertainment said.
 
A former worker claims Deen and her brother created a hostile environment at her Georgia restaurant.

Deen admitted to calling a black man the "n word" when she was robbed at gunpoint almost 30 years ago.
 
While planning her brother's wedding she said in a deposition:
 
"What I would really like is a bunch of little "n words" to wear long-sleeve white shirts, black shorts and black bow ties... a true Southern wedding," Deen, according to court documents, said.
 
"I have apologized. I would never with any intention to hurt anybody on purpose and I never would," Deen said.
 
Horseshoe Southern Indiana wouldn’t allow WHAS11 crews on property and had no comment.

Caesars will rebrand the restaurants but there is no indication when that will happen.   
 

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