Paula Deen Sobs on the ‘Today’ Show, Begs for Forgiveness [VIDEO]
Paula Deen had her first interview following the controversy over racist comments in a deposition and her subsequent firing from the Food Network — and to say her conversation with ‘Today’ host Matt Lauer was a tearfully brutal affair would be a vast understatement.
Before they could get into the meat of things, Paula gave an lengthy diatribe about equality and her goals to clear her name.
“The main reason I am here today is, it’s important to me that I tell you and everyone out there, what I believe, and how I live my life. I believe that every creature on this earth, every one of God’s creatures was created equal,” she explained. “I believe that everyone should be treated equal. That’s the way I was raised, and that’s the way I live my life.”
Deen continued, “I am here today because I want people to know who I am, and people that have worked beside me, have walked beside me, know what kind of person I am … And I am so distressed. People that I have never heard of are now experts of who I am.”
In the interview, Paula also said she wouldn’t have fired herself and that she’s not a racist, despite using one of the worst racial slurs one can hurl.
Once again saying it was a different time, Paula claims she only used the word because she once literally had a gun to her head, but hasn’t used the slur since.
At the end of the interview, Paula had a full on break-down that was downright uncomfortable to watch — she turned directly to the camera and the audience, imploring, “If there’s anyone out there that has never said something that they wished they could take back … if you’re out there, please pick up that stone and throw it so hard at my head that it kills me. Please. I want to meet you. I is what I is and I’m not changing.”
“If you’ve never sinned … pick up that rock, pick up that boulder and hit me as hard as you can.”