Now over a year later, in a videotaped deposition, Deen admitted to once using the N-word in the past. The 66-year-old Southerner was subsequently fired by the Food Network and lost multiple endorsement deals. Until recently, Winfrey had remained silent on her friend’s latest controversy.
Oprah had recently been asked about her southern fried BFF during an interview with Extra, but merely laughed and declined to comment, stating:
“Oh my god! I don’t have anything to do with Paula Deen,” she insisted. “She is not the first white lady to use the N-word! Good lord!”
The media mogul subsequently caved in to pressures to make a statement and finally shared her thoughts about Deen’s N-Word controversy last night with Entertainment Tonight.
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