TODAY   |  June 22, 2013

‘I was wrong:’ Paula Deen apologizes

Paula Deen, known for her buttery, traditional southern cooking, served up a public apology Friday after missing her appearance on TODAY. In the apology video, the Food Network star also made a plea. NBC’s Michelle Franzen reports.

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>>> paula deen . the food network is not going to renew her contract after they revealed she used racial slurs in the past.

>> she's known for her southern recipes. it is paula deen 's words that landed her in hot water. she issued an apology saying she made mistakes an inappropriate and hurtful language is not good. she admitted to using the "n" word saying she was describing a black man who held a gun to her head when she worked at a bank. she and her brother are being sued by a former employee who is white. it was removed from youtube and replaced with an unedited version with deen.

>> i am here to say i am so sorry. i was wrong. yes, i worked hard and i have made mistakes. but that is no excuse. i offer my sincere apology to those that i have hurt and i hope that you forgive me.

>> meanwhile, the food network announced they would not be renewing paula deen 's contract when it expires at the end of the month. public relations experts say there could be more fallout to her $17 million