TODAY   |  June 21, 2013

Paula Deen a no-show for TODAY interview

The celebrity chef was scheduled to address her admission that she has used racial slurs in the past, but according to her publicist, the Food Network star is too exhausted to appear.

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>> also we want to tell you we planned to have an exclusive live interview with paula deen this morning. she in a difficult situation over her admission and sworn testimony she used racial slurs in the past. it's part of a pending lawsuit. we spoke several times with her people yesterday and then i spoke with paula yesterday afternoon. we arranged an interview this morning. we agreed there would be no restrictions to that interview only that it would be an open and candid exchange. she told me at one point savannah i don't know how to be anything but honest. she got on a plane and arrived in new york city last night and then we started to hear from her people that she is exhausted.

>> so someone has been in touch with her this morning.

>> we have not. she has not called us at all this morning. her publicity person and i spoke a little while ago, simply said they believe she is in the hotel but she has not confirmed anything other than she is not here.

>> she has been on this show so many times. she's a friend of this show and consider her a friend and hope she would reconsider because she needs to address this.

>> no question about it.