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    Paula Deen Dropped by Smithfield Foods in Wake of N-Word Controversy

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    More bad news for Paula Deen

    After being dropped by the Food Network in the wake of the N-word controversy that exploded last week, the Southern chef has now lost her deal with Smithfield Foods, a company specializing in pork products, with which Deen had a line of hams.

    "Smithfield condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind," the company said in a statement. "Therefore, we are terminating our partnership with Paula Deen. Smithfield is determined to be an ethical food industry leader and it is important that our values and those of our spokespeople are properly aligned."

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    While Smithfield Foods and the Food Network have severed ties with the 66-year-old cooking star, other companies appear to be taking a wait-and-see approach.

    QVC is currently "reviewing their business relationship" with the chef and has "no immediate plans to have her appear" on the network.

    Deen's publishing company has followed suit. "We are monitoring the situation closely," Stuart Applebaum, spokesman for Random House, Inc. tells E! News. "At present, the book remains on course for its fall publication."

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    Deen's new cookbook, with the unfortunate title Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, is slated for release Oct. 15.

    On Friday, Deen issued a video apology after admitting to using the N-word in a deposition as part of a $1.2 million lawsuit filed by a former employee.

    She's expected to address the controversy on the Today show Wednesday after canceling her appearance on the program last week.

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