By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Paula Deen has pretty much gone from being a wealthy and high regarded chef to a disgrace in a matter of days. When reports of a lawsuit suggested Deen was being sued by a former employee of her restaurant and admitted she used racial slurs in the past, the entire story pretty much became a media circus in no time. As a result of the controversy, Paula has lost numerous endorsements already, including Wal-Mart and she even lost her gig with the Food Network. Although Paula tried to apologize in a couple of videos and just made an emotional appearance on the Today Show, her career is still in shambles. So it’s no surprise the disgraced chef has hired the real life “Olivia Pope” to fix her current scandal. Entertainment Weekly reports:
Gladiators to the rescue!
Ad Age is reporting that the embattled Paula Deen has hired Smith & Co., the Washington D.C. crisis firm that serves as the inspiration for ABC’s hit show Scandal. Apparently, Deen’s team reached out to Judy Smith’s firm after the first Today show appearance was canceled — and the awkward You Tube apologies were posted.
But was the firm in place when Deen appeared on NBC this morning? The 66-year-old Deen failed to apologize during the 13-minute interview and only managed to dig herself deeper in a hole. (For more react, click here). Maybe, but Ad Age says that Smith will likely focus on shoring up relations with the other companies that do business with Deen since she’s already lost the Food Network, Smithfield Foods and Caesars Entertainment, which operates four Deen-themed restaurants in Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois and North Carolina.