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Paula Deen did NOT blame the Jews for her firing

by Ryan Torok

July 5, 2013 | 12:14 pm

Deen (left) in a public service announcement for Civitan International, 2006.

Despite Internet rumors to the contrary, celebrity chef Paula Deen has not added the Jews to the list of groups she’s offended.

Concerns about the former television host’s alleged anti-Semitism have been making the rounds in the wake of the publication of the article, “Paula Deen Blames ‘The Jews’ for Firing,” by The Daily Currant, a satirical news site, on June 28. In the fake news article, Deen says “Jew executives” are responsible for her dismissal from The Food Network, exclaims, “It’s the Jews I can't stand” and even criticizes Jewish funnyman Jerry Seinfeld.

Snopes.com—a popular source for debunking misinformation spread online—confirms that the story about Deen and the Jews is false.

Over the past couple weeks, Deen has faced a storm of media criticism and repercussions after having admitting to previously using the N-word. She was dropped from the cooking channel that she has called home since 2002, lost a key endorsement deal and more, all because of last month’s release of a civil court document in which she says she used the racial slur.

It was these troubles that inspired the Currant story.

“Deen, 66, was a guest of morning host Dave Garver on Atlanta radio station WTMI when she claimed ‘Jew executives’ deliberately abandoned her in the wake of the controversy, which stemmed from a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former employee against her company,” The Currant reported.

On its website, the Currant describes itself as an "online satirical newspaper...our mission is to ridicule the timid ignorance which obstructs our progress, and promote intelligence - which presses forward."

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