published Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Paula Deen’s ’Today’ appearance ends in tears

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    In this publicity image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

NEW YORK — Paula Dean says that anyone who’s never sinned should pick up a rock and throw it at her.

The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview today, trying to explain she wasn’t a racist despite saying in a legal deposition that she’s used racial slurs in the past.

Dean told “Today” host Matt Lauer that if there’s anyone in the audience who’s never said anything they regretted to “please take up that stone and throw it as hard as they can and kill me.”

She urged her fans not to boycott the Food Network, which dropped her last week, but said she wouldn’t have fired someone in the same position.

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