Paula Deen loses Caesars casino contract after N-word fiasco
The casino company announced it will close Deen's four restaurants that operate on its properties. In a statement to TMZ, Caesars says this move is in its "best interest" following Deen's racism scandal. After Deen's restaurants are shuttered, Caesars will rebrand them and open them again in a couple of months.
When Deen made her appearance on "Today" earlier this morning, she commended the companies that have stood by her. "Would I have fired me, knowing me? No. ... I'm so fortunate that so many of my partners that know who I am have decided to stand by me. QVC has not dropped me. ... I am so very thankful for the partners I have that believe in me," she says.
There's still no word as to whether Deen's episode of "MasterChef" will still air as planned this summer.