Today is National Forgivness Day... So Despite what Paula Deen using the "N-Word" 30 YEARS AGO... I forgive her.
But... Caesars Entertainment Corp. don't... they have decided to dump her from its casinos. Caesars operates Paula Deen-themed restaurants at four of its properties.
On the Today show, Paula tried to stem the bleeding by offering a heartfelt apology. She insisted that she has been the victim of a public smear campaign. In fact, she said, she has used the N-word only once -- and it was 30 years ago when a man held a gun to her head during a holdup.
Still, she argued, we all have done wrong. "If you've never committed a sin," Paula said, "please pick up that rock, pick up that boulder, and hit me as hard as you can."
Asked by Matt Lauer if she is a racist, Paula said: "No, no I am not. As a child I was raised in a home that my father tolerated bad grades, maybe breaking a curfew, but he said, "Girl, if I ever find out that you have behaved in a way that is…unkind…your butt is gonna be mine."
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