ALBANY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta/AP) - Paula Deen’s media and merchandising empire is collapsing.
Sears, J.C. Penney and Walgreen said Friday that they’re cutting ties with Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.
Meanwhile, Deen’s publisher has canceled a deal with her for multiple books, including an upcoming cookbook that was the No. 1 seller on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com.
Interest in it had surged as Deen, who grew up in Albany, Ga., and specializes in Southern comfort food, came under increasing attack for acknowledging she had used the N-word.
But while many are turning their backs on Deen, at least one business is showing interest in working with the embattled celebrity chef. An adult entertainment website called Pure Mature issued a public offer of employment to Deen, according to celebrity gossip website TMZ.
“Full figured or thin, arthritic or diabetic — you embody our perfect spokesperson,” representatives from Pure Mature are quoted as saying in the letter.
The website is said to be offering her “[six] figures for very little work.” TMZ also learned that nudity would not be required of Deen.
Her admission of using the slur first came in a lawsuit deposition. It later cost her an endorsement deal with Smithfield Foods and her job with the Food Network.
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