The Food Network fired Paula Deen on Friday, after she admitted during a court deposition that she'd used the N-word in the past.  Paula's response was to THANK the Food Network for, quote, 11 "great years."

Prior to her firing, Paula ditched a scheduled appearance on the "Today" show, where she was supposed to discuss her YOUTHFUL RACISM with MATT LAUER.  Her people said she was TOO EXHAUSTED to make it.

She also issued TWO video apologies, which were pretty pathetic.  They're both pretty vague and cookie-cutter.  The first one has several edits in it, and in the second, she rambles and meanders quite a bit.

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