Paula Deen has served up her last dish on the Food Network.
The celebrity chef, 66, has been embroiled in scandal for a week after news broke that Deen admitted in a deposition that was part of a lawsuit that she had in the past used racial epithets and tolerated racial jokes in the workplace. And by Friday afternoon, the network announced that it would not renew her contract, which expires at the end of this month.
Deen thanked the network for 11 "great years." She explained in a statement Saturday, "I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories. This would not have been possible without the Food Network."
From restaurants in Savannah, Ga., to cookbooks, kitchenware, public appearances and endorsement deals, Deen has made herself a Southern cooking icon. The Food Network began airing Paula's Home Cooking in 2002 and added Paula's Best Dishes in 2008.
But will she find a way to win back disappointed fans after being involved in a racially charged, public controversy?
"Paula Deen will survive but she will never be whole again," says Howard Bragman, vice chairman of Reputation.com. "She will never make as much money, she will never have the respect that she once had, there are people that will never be in business with her again."