She also claimed she only used the N-word once (a switch from what she said during the deposition), while describing a 1986 incident in which a black man held her at gunpoint. "I is what I is, and I'm not changing," declared a sobbing Deen.
Amusingly, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Food Network may have given Deen the boot regardless of the whole brouhaha: Her contract ends Sunday, and her agent has been negotiating an extension for weeks and still hadn't resolved the matter before this controversy erupted.
The reason behind the uncertainty? A big ratings dip over the past season. Plus, more bad news for Deen: TMZ reports that the Caesars casino company is severing ties with her, closing all four of her restaurants and then re-opening them with different branding. Not surprisingly, the New York Post reports that Deen has hired a top "crisis PR guru."