Another day, another public relations nightmare for disgraced and recently fired Food Network star Paula Deen. She has had a target on her back since it was revealed last week that she has said and done some pretty racist things in the past, resulting in a lawsuit, several hilarious Twitter hashtags and a cringe-inducing interview with Matt Lauer that brought more criticism.
Deen is now turning to Judy Smith, the crisis-management expert who inspired ABC's hit drama Scandal. The show features Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope, a Washington, D.C., fixer who cleans up messes for the likes of international diplomats and high-ranking officials. The real Olivia Pope has lent her expertise to the infamous, such as Michael Vick and Monica Lewinsky.
I can see it now: Paula Deen sits nervously in Olivia's office. She pulls a fried biscuit from her purse and munches it mindlessly to soothe her nerves. In an adjacent room, Olivia stares at Paula through plated glass, and Harrison talks in a low, urgent tone, which is pretty much the only tone he has.
"I want you to know that I trust you, Olivia, but I don't trust her."