TV Chef Paula Deen skipped out on a scheduled appearance on the Today Show this morning to discuss the controversy surrounding her use of racial slurs.

The appearance was confirmed yesterday; but this morning the folks at NBC got a phone call from a rep for Deen, informing them that she would not be there after all.

From the Huffington Post:

Today” host Matt Lauer told viewers he had spoken with Deen the day before to arrange what NBC had promoted as an exclusive, live appearance.

But shortly before the show went on the air Friday, Lauer said he was told by a Deen representative that she was pulling out.

Phone calls from The Associated Press to a representative for Deen weren’t immediately returned.


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