- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 26, 2013

In yet another blow to Paula Deen, Caesars announced Wednesday that it will end its professional relationship with the embattled TV chef.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. will close her restaurants at four of its casinos: Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harrah’s Tunica in Mississippi, Harrah’s Joliet in Illinois and Harrah’s Cherokee in North Carolina.

“While we appreciate Paula’s sincere apologies for statements she made in her past … we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government affairs for Caesars Entertainment, CNN Money reported.

Miss Deen and her brother are being sued by a former manager of their restaurant who said she was harassed and worked in an environment plagued by racism.

Miss Deen issued a videotaped apology Friday asking fans and critics to forgive her. The video was online for about an hour before the Food Network released a statement that it “will not renew Paula Deen’s contract when it expires at the end of this month,” the Associated Press reported.

Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest park producer and processor, also announced it is terminating its professional relationship with the celebrity chef.

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