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Deen’s attorney tried to explain away Deen’s use of the N-word saying her comments were used during a time of segregation when blacks and whites used separate bathrooms and drank from separate water fountains.

So that makes Deen’s racist comments acceptable? Is this the so-called post-racial America we’re experiencing after the historic election of President Barack Obama?

It appears that Deen has made a fortune while privately cracking racist jokes. Between her TV work, speaking engagements, cookbooks, licensing and endorsements, Forbes estimates her wealth at $17 million. Network sources said she was paid between $10,000 and $20,000 for each episode of her various shows.

But here’s my problem with Deen: She gets caught using the N-word, refuses to take ownership of her racist ways, and suddenly blames the media. How is this the media’s fault?

“I want people to understand that my family and I are not the kind of people that the press is wanting to say we are,” Deen says in the video. “Your color of your skin, your religion, your sexual preference does not matter to me.”

Deen explained it’s “what’s in the heart” that matters. “And my family and I try to live by that,” Deen said. “And I am here to say I am so sorry. I was wrong.”

Before releasing her video, Deen canceled an appearance last week on NBC’s “Today Show” citing exhaustion.

Really? Perhaps she’s just tired of all the scrutiny.

I’m not buying Deen’s lame apology and, thankfully, neither is The Food Network. Stick a fork in her, Deen is done – at least for now.

(Photo: PRPhotos)

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