Paula Deen Fires Social Media Manager After Shocking Brownface Post –– Chef Apologizes 'To All Who Were Offended' By 'I Love Lucy' Spoof

Paula Deen Blackface Social Media Manager

Jul. 8 2015, Published 7:44 a.m. ET

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Paula Deen fired her social media manager Tuesday, after a post featuring the chef's son's face painted brown went viral, spurring yet another racial controversy.

The Southern chef, whose career plummeted in 2013 used the N-word , "immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post," her spokesman Jaret Keller said.

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The 68-year-old extended her "apologizes to all who were offended" by the I Love Lucy-themed shot, which she said was taken on Halloween four years ago for Paula's Best Dishes, one of her now-canceled Food Network shows.

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The image -- featuring her son Bobby with brown makeup to resemble Desi Arnaz's Ricky Ricardo character -- was posted to Facebook and Twitter with the caption: "Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin' to do! #TransformationTuesday."

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Since leaving cable in 2013, Deen has opened a large restaurant in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, and started a website called the Paula Deen Network. has been on the forefront reporting revelations linked to Deen's downfall dating back to 2012, from the initial accusations of her bigoted statements; to her grovel-filled, inept handling of the career crisis; to a string of embarrassing incidents over the past two years.


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