The lawsuit that launched a thousand late-night talk show jokes is over.
A judge has dismissed the remainder of a lawsuit filed against Paula Deen and her brother Bubba Hiers by a woman who alleged that she suffered sexual harassment and other mistreatment while working at their Savannah, Ga., restaurant.
Plaintiff Lisa Jackson's claims of racial discrimination had already been thrown out last week, with U.S. District Judge William T. Moore Jr. ruling that Jackson, who is white, could not sue over treatment she said that she observed rather than was subjected to herself.
An agreed order to dismiss with prejudice—meaning Jackson cannot refile her claim—was filed today in federal court in Savannah.
The document states that no money, including legal costs or fees, was awarded to either party.
"While this has been a difficult time for both my family and myself, I am pleased that the Judge dismissed the race claims and I am looking forward to getting this behind me, now that the remaining claims have been resolved," Deen said in a statement obtained by E! News.
"During this time my faith has strengthened me and the tremendous outpouring of support as well as prayers from folks from all walks of life has been both humbling and overwhelming. I am confident that those who truly know how I live my life know that I believe in kindness and fairness for everyone."
Of her accuser, Deen added, "Lisa Jackson worked at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House for more than five years and we appreciate her service."
"Moving forward my team and I are working to review the workplace environment issues that were raised in this matter and to retool all of my businesses operations," Deen concluded. "I look forward to getting back to doing what I love."
Jackson sounds as if the case is in her rearview mirror already as well.
"During a very difficult period in my life the Deen family gave me hope and the opportunity to work to build a brighter future for my family and me. I assumed that all of my complaints about the workplace environment were getting to Paula Deen, but I learned during this matter that this was not the case," she said in a statement.
"The Paula Deen I have known for more than eight years, is a woman of compassion and kindness and will never tolerate discrimination or racism of any kind toward anyone. I now know that the workplace environment issues that I raised are being reviewed and will in the future no longer be at issue.
"I wish Ms. Deen and her family all the best in all of their future endeavors and I am very pleased that this matter has been now been resolved and can now be put behind us."
Her attorney, Matthew Billips, also confirmed to us that the matter had been "amicably resolved."
Jackson filed suit last year, but it was in May that Deen, while being deposed as part of the case, admitted to past use of the N-word. The contents of the deposition were leaked in June and her culinary empire started to crumble almost instantaneously, starting with the Food Network opting not to renew Deen's contract.
Deen also reportedly said in the deposition: "But that's just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the '60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do."
The damage had seemingly been done, though, and a tearful sit-down with Matt Lauer on Today a week later, during which she denied being racist, didn't stop the endorsement dominoes from falling.
—Reporting by Lindsay Good and Claudia Rosenbaum