Target cutting ties with Paula Deen

Target is ridding its shelves of Paula Deen merchandise.
Target is ridding its shelves of Paula Deen merchandise.
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Target is the latest company to distance itself from Paula Deen, the celebrity chef who finds herself mired in a racial discrimination controversy.

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The Minneapolis-based retailer told CNBC this morning it has "made a decision to phase out the Paula Deen merchandise in our stores as well as on Target.com."

Target's decision comes one day after Walmart announced a similar move.

Deen, a Georgia native, recently lost her popular Food Network show after she admitted admitted to using the "N-word" in a deposition. She and her brother were sued by a former employee for racial and sexual discrimination.

"Yes, of course. But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on," Dean said in the deposition. "Things have changed since the '60s in the South."

During a Today show appearance yesterday, Deen adamantly claimed to have only used the N-word once during the 1980s. Here's video of the entire tearful interview:

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