Matt Lauer and NBC's "Today" show got a second chance at an interview with Paula Deen Wednesday morning after the 66-year-old TV chef cancelled an interview with the show Friday. News broke last week that Deen admitted to using the n-word in questioning related to a lawsuit back in May.
In her emotional interview with Lauer, Deen said she was not a racist and did not think her firing from the Food Network was the right decision. Deen also told Lauer that she used the n-word once in her life and no other time. Lauer also asked Deen if she knew that the n-word was offensive to black people. "I don’t know, I have asked myself that so many times," Deen responded. "I go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other...it’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other."
Watch Lauer’s “Today” show interview with Paula Deen below.
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