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“Paula Deen Dropped by Target, Home Depot, Novo Nordisk, Caesars, and Walmart”



Jun 26, 2013 @ 4:57 PM

The decline of Paula Deen, and her brand, continues.

Last week, after a deposition in which she admitted using the “N” word was made public, the Savannah, Ga.-based cook, who’s spend years building a brand as a queen of Southern cooking with endorsement deals with a host of products and TV shows, was dropped by just about every major company that she worked with. Things just keep getting worse for her, even after issuing a tearful apology, as it’s now being reported that not only has Walmart vowed to stop carrying Deen-branded products, Caesars Entertainment plans to “rebrand” the four restaurants that bear her name.

Deen stood up Matt Lauer’s much-hyped TODAY show appearance, and was dropped by Food Network, who she worked with for the past 11 years. On Monday, Smithfield Foods, the ham producer,cancelled her spokeswoman contract as well. When FoodNetwork announced that her time slot would be filled by a show featuring Giada De Laurentiis, her fans flew into a rage, and now that her sons, who also have shows on Food Network, are coming to her defense, some are urging the network to cut ties with them as well.

Deen finally appeared on the TODAY show on Wednesday, but that did little to ebb the flow: later that day Walmart announced that it “would not place any new orders beyond what’s already committed” for its line of products that are endorsed by her and branded with her name, according to the Associated Press, and TMZ is reporting that Caesars Entertainment, which owns Deen-branded buffet restaurants in Harrah’s Tunica near Memphis, Tenn., Harrah’s Joliet near Chicago, Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina, and a buffet at Horseshoe Southern Indiana, has decided to “rebrand” those restaurants and has closed them down for a couple months.

Additionally, the AP is reporting that both Target, which carried Deen-branded cookware, and pharmacautical company Novo Nordisk, which produced the diabetes drug that Deen was famously hired to sponsor, have ended their relationships with her, as has The Home Depot, NBC News reported.

So as Deen’s endorsement deals, as well as her entire career, continue to fall away, what does she even have left at this point? A deal with QVC, which is reportedly “reviewing itsbusiness relationship,” with her. [QUOTE]

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“Michael Jackson’s son tears up in court as he recalls dad’s death”


By Maria Elena Fernandez, TODAY


Michael Jackson’s 16-year-old son’s bloodshot eyes welled up with tears Wednesday when he told a Los Angeles jury that when his father died in a hospital emergency room four years ago, the singer’s personal physician

Dave J Hogan / Getty Images Prince Jackson attends a concert to remember his late father, Michael Jackson, in Wales in 2012.
Dave J Hogan / Getty Images
Prince Jackson attends a concert to remember his late father, Michael Jackson, in Wales in 2012.

simply turned to Jackson’s three children and said, “Sorry, kids, Dad’s dead.”

Michael Joseph Jackson Jr., known as Prince, was the first member of the Jackson family to take the stand in the Los Angeles Superior Court wrongful death and negligence suitthat his grandmother filed against concert promoter AEG Live. At the time of his death, Jackson, 50, was in the middle of rehearsals for his “This is It” comeback tour in London. The lawsuit alleges that AEG was responsible for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, who was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter in Jackson’s death, as Jackson’s doctor.

Jackson’s eldest son remained composed as he spoke of the special relationship he and his siblings had with their father and described in detail the confusing days before the King of Pop died, and the impact of his death on the lives of his children.

“It will never be the same,” said the teen who lives with his grandmother, a cousin, and siblings in Calabasas, Calif. He talked about how challenging life has been for his 15-year-old sister, Pariswho is recovering in a Los Angeles hospital after a suicide attempt on June 5. He said his 11-year-old brother, Prince Michael Jackson, known as Blanket, “is so young he doesn’t realize what he lost” and that he and Paris no longer celebrate their birthdays.

“She was hit the hardest,” he said. “She was my dad’s princess. She is definitely dealing with it in her own way.”


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