This has been so blown out of proportion. It was 30 years ago.
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Paula Deen went on “Today” Wednesday morning to tearfully defend herself against allegations she is a racist, as her multimillion dollar food empire teetered on the brink of collapse.

Recently fired by both the Food Network and Smithfield Brands over her admission in a sworn deposition that she had once uttered the N-word, the emotional celebrity chef thanked the companies who have stood with her and lashed out at her critics.

“I is what I is, and I’m not changing,” a teary Deen told host Matt Lauer. “If there is anyone out there that has never said something that they wish they could take back, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard that it kills me.”

Deen was adamant when she told Lauer that she had only uttered the N-word once.

“The day I used that word, it was a world ago,” she said. “It was 30 years ago.”

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