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Deen Racial Slurs / Assuncao Interview / A Discussion #1046540

CNN Evening News for Friday, Jun 21, 2013
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) The reaction of TV chef Paula Deen to losing her Food Network show and the terse statement from the network quoted; details given about the deposition in Deen's lawsuit in which she admitted to using the "n" word. [DEEN - apologizes for causing pain and to those she has hurt.] The background of food personality Deen, who has been criticized for promoting an unhealthy lifestyle using high-fat recipes, reviewed; scenes shown from her TV shows. [On "Today," DEEN - announces she has diabetes and what she is doing to promote how to manage diabetes.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with former publicist Nancy Assuncao about Deen; many photos shown. [By phone, ASSUNCAO - talks about working with Deen and never hearing her talk like that {racial jokes} even though she did tell dirty jokes; states Deen's public apologies have not been handled well; notes her entourage is a fascinating bunch of people.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Live discussion held with Syracuse University professor Boyce Watkins and BET editorial brand manager Michaela Angela Davis about Deen. [WATKINS - calls Deen the "Charles Barkley of cooking," but this is serious business and she needs to be educated about workplace racism.] [DAVIS - speaks about Deen's lack of cultural context: Southern cuisine and black culture are combined and she has not acknowledged this.]

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