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Fans React To Paula Deen’s Apology

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen is asking for forgiveness after admitting she had used racial slurs in the past. Deen made the admission while being questioned as part of a sexual and racial discrimination lawsuit against her and her brother. 

On Friday, as the two video apologies from Deen surfaced her restaurants in Savannah still had long waits.

As visitors walked out of The Lady and Sons Restaurant they were talking about more than just the food. 

"I think people make mistakes, you know. We all have slip of the tongue, mistakes. Let bygones be bygones. Go about your business. Everybody has said some things they look back at and say well, I shouldn't have said that. I shouldn't have acted that way," said visitor Oscar Benton.

But for Deen something she may have said in the past is coming back to haunt her.

"Even though this didn't happen recently, she is still accountable for it," said Savannah resident Kay Udelhoven.

Kay Udelhoven, who lives in Savannah, said it's fair the cooking star is paying for her mistakes. The Food Network said it will not renew Deen's contract.

"It's kind of sad, but it's also kind of deserving in today's world. I think you just got to watch what you say," said Udelhoven.

Another local said people are jumping too fast to condemn Deen.

"Paula, what I know about her, have met her personally, have been in her home on several occasions, and if she's a racist she doesn't appear to me. Paula is not a racist," said Savannah resident Alexandria Bryant.

Even with fans divided on how they feel about the celebrity chef, they say it was nice to see what looked like a heartfelt apology.

"I commend her for even apologizing. I know a lot of our political leaders can't even say they are sorry," said visitor Michael Schneller.

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