Southern TV chef Paula Deen

Updated 1:56 PM ET, Tue July 7, 2015
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Southern TV personality and chef Paula Deen is the author of more than a dozen cookbooks and the owner of The Lady and Sons, a restaurant in Savannah, Georgia. The Food Network chose not to renew her contract in 2013 amid revelations that she admitted to using a racial epithet in the past. Jason Merritt/Getty Images
Dean and son Bobby host Moet Hennessy's The Q at Delano in Miami Beach on February 21, 2013. In a tearful June 2013 interview about her admitted use of the "N-word," she told NBC's "Today" show, "I believe that every creature on this Earth, every one of God's creatures, was created equal." Madison McGaw/BFAnyc/Sipa USA
Deen and Steve Doocy host the "Fox & Friends Christmas Special" in 2012 in New York. Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images
Deen on stage with a costumed Kevin Bacon at Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs" in 2012 in New York. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
Deen leads the 122nd Annual Tournament of Roses Parade as grand marshal with her husband, Michael Groover, in Pasadena, California, in 2011. Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
Deen promotes her new design book "Paula Deen's Savannah Style" at Barnes & Noble Union Square in 2010 in New York. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
Deen presents during the 34th Annual Daytime Creative Arts & Entertainment Emmy Awards held in Hollywood, California, in 2007. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images