Deen made the admission during a deposition related to a racial discrimination lawsuit being brought against Deen and her family by a former employee. The incident received widespread media attention.
This isn't the first time Deen has found herself in hot water with her fanbase. Last year, Deen announced that she had diabetes and was quickly made the spokesperson for a diabetes website run by a pharmaceutical company. This prompted an outcry from fellow food personalities, including Anthony Bourdain.
Bourdain tweeted, "Thinking of getting into the leg-breaking business, so I can profitably sell crutches later." Bourdain had previously called Deen "the worst, most dangerous person in America."
Expanding on his statement, he added, "She revels in unholy connections with evil corporations, and she's proud of the fact that her food is f---ing bad for you... I would think twice before telling an already obese nation that it is OK to eat food that is killing us."
Given the onslaught of bad press Deen has received for her cooking, her endorsement of an unhealthy lifestyle, and her use of racial epithets, it seems likely that her cooking career is over. The Food Network doesn't want her back, so it's very possible that other cooking shows will avoid Deen in the future.
Deen had previously acted as a guest judge on "Top Chef," presiding over one memorable challenge that was all about deep-fried foods. Given the backlash against Deen, the odds that she'll be asked back to the "Top Chef" kitchens soon seem doubtful.
The barometer for whether "Top Chef" can ever ask Deen back to judge an episode will probably to be set by "Masterchef." Deen has already filmed an appearance for this season of "Masterchef," though TV insiders are still unsure if Fox will air the episode in light of recent events. If "Masterchef" does air the episode, there's a slim chance that "Top Chef" might ask Deen to judge an upcoming challenge.
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