Businesses seem to be deserting Paula Deen left and right. Yet the disgraced cook is enjoying support from fans. QVC hasn’t severed ties with Paula like Wal-Mart, Target, Caesars Entertainment, and Smithfield. However, the shopping network doesn’t plan to put her on the air anytime soon, either. Here’s the company’s statement:
“We have talked with Paula and her team extensively over the last several days, and together we have considered what is best for our customers, for Paula, and for QVC. For now, we have decided to take a pause. Paula won’t be appearing on any upcoming broadcasts and we will phase out her product assortment on our online sales channels over the next few months. We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward.”
Paula released this statement for her QVC fans:
“As you know, I have some important things to work on right now, both personally and professionally. And so we’ve agreed that it’s best for me to step back from QVC and focus on setting things right. I am truly sorry and assure you I will work hard to earn your forgiveness.”
Meanwhile, pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk denies earlier reports that they dropped Paula as a spokeswoman for their diabetes medication.
“It’s too early to suggest what we will wind up doing but we have not dropped Paula Deen. We just felt the recent controversy affected her ability to help manage and work towards our mission which is around changing diabetes. It’s unclear what effect this controversy will have on users of the diabetes drug.”
Some of Paula’s fans are rallying around her: to the point where her upcoming cookbook, ‘Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up’ has become #1 on Amazon’s pre-order list. The Paula Deen cruises have become so popular a new one was added for next year. I guess the question is: are there enough fans left for Paula to make a comeback? Something tells me Paula’s going to be working hard to earn forgiveness this fall, when her cookbook is scheduled for release!
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