Hollywood Dirt – Paula Deen Racial Slur Fallout Continues + More
AND NOW QVC MAY DROP PAULA DEEN: PAULA DEEN is thisclose to losing another TV gig, following her recent depiction as racially insensitive. Word is QVC is close to dumping Deen, who was fired from The Food Network last week. A rep for the shopping channel, which markets and sells her cookware products, says they have “concerns” and “are…reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen. In the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.”
The Food Network chose not to renew her contract after her remarks in a discrimination lawsuit were made public. In a deposition, she admitted that she used racial slurs and admitted she tolerated racist jokes in the workplace.
AWKWARD OLD PAULA DEEN INTERVIEW SURFACES: As if things weren’t bad enough for Paula Deen, over the weekend, video of a New York Times Talk from last year surfaced, in which she discussed how devastated her great-grandfather was when the Civil War ended because he didn’t think he could run his plantation without slaves. But then, to prove she wasn’t a racist, she introduced a black friend named Hollis whom she described as, quote, “black as that board” — pointing to a dark backdrop behind her. She then asked Hollis to step forward because, quote, “we can’t see you standing against that dark board.”
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OUTRAGED DEEN FANS SHOW SUPPORT: Meanwhile, Deen is not without supporters. According to the New York Times, her Savannah, Georgia restaurant was packed over the weekend. Other supporters flooded the Food Network’s Facebook page with angry comments — an average of 10 per minute — excusing her behavior as a mistake, and a “We Support Paula Deen” Facebook page had received more than 226,000 likes after being created on Friday.
COULD BE TRUE, COULD BE CRAP – KIM KARDASHIAN AND KANYE WEST HEADING DOWN THE AISLE: Now that their baby has arrived, are KIM and KANYE ready to get hitched? According to the not-always-reliable British tabloid The Sun, West has popped the question and the couple is planning a September wedding in Paris.
Kanye hasn’t given Kim an engagement ring yet, but he supposedly handed her a rare black diamond to commemorate the birth of their daughter, North West. But don’t go out and buy them a wedding present just yet. A source close to the couple tells People magazine the story is not true.
Meanwhile … Kim is having a blast taking care of baby North. TMZ says Kim — and I quote — “loves whipping out her massive new mammaries for baby-suckling time” and “actively looks forward to her feedings.”
RIHANNA SHOWS US HER PICS: By now you’re probably aware of the fact that RIHANNA is more than just a token fan of the wacky tabacky, so it should come as no surprise that she partook in some of Amsterdam’s finest during her tour stop there on Saturday. Riri even posted a couple of pictures of herself with two huge joints hanging out of her mouth …
NEW JERSEY FLAGS TO FLY AT HALF STAFF IN TRIBUTE TO JAMES GANDOLFINI: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is honoring the late JAMES GANDOLFINI by ordering flags on all state buildings to fly at half staff today. In an executive order, Christie called Gandolfini “an iconic actor, who left a timeless impact upon television and film in the state of New Jersey and across our nation.”
This is not the first time Christie has paid tribute to New Jersey born entertainers upon their deaths: WHITNEY HOUSTON and CLARENCE CLEMONS were similarly honored.
Because Gandolfini was never an elected official nor did he ever serve in the military it’s really not appropriate for Christie to impose such an order. Section 7m of the Flag Code authorizes a governor to half-staff the US flag “upon the death of a present or former official of the government of the state, or the death of a member of the Armed Forces from that state who dies while serving on active duty.” Instead, Christie should fly the state flag at half-staff.
On a related Gandolfini note … his body was released by Italian authorities Sunday afternoon, and his remains arrived in the U.S. Sunday night. Funeral services for the 51-year-old actor are planned for Thursday at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. An autopsy on Friday showed Gandolfini had died of natural causes, according to reports.
MOZEL TOV!: ‘Real Housewives of Atlanta’ star NENE LEAKES married her ex-husband Gregg Leakes Saturday in Atlanta. NeNe and Gregg split in 2011 after 13 years together. Don’t sweat it if you weren’t invited,though. The entire celebration was filmed for a Bravo spin-off, “I Dream of NeNe: The Wedding”, which will premiere in the fall.
LISA RINNA SHOWS US HER PICS: LISA RINNA put on a blonde wig, pouted her lips and tried to channel MARILYN MONROE . Sorry Lisa. I’m going to have to give your attempt a pretty resounding FAIL!