Caesars Entertainment, Walmart Cut Ties With Paula Deen

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corp. is cutting ties with celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen.

Caesars announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Paula Deen Enterprises to end their business relationship, a week after Deen admitted she has used racial slurs.

Caesars operates four Deen-themed restaurants at casinos across the country. The Las Vegas company says it will rebrand the restaurants in the coming months.

Deen has lost several parts of her empire in recent days, including contracts with Smithfield Foods and the Food Network. QVC and Sears say they are reviewing their deals with Deen's company.

Deen's public relations team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is announcing that it has ended its relationship with Paula Deen a week after the Southern celebrity chef admitted using racial slurs in the past.

The world's largest retailer said it will not place "any new orders beyond what's already committed."

The discounter says it will work with suppliers on existing inventories.

The Bentonville, Ark., company started carrying Paula Deen-branded products at all of its U.S. namesake stores since 2011.

The latest development follows the announcement on Friday from Food Network that it was dropping her food shows. Smithfield Foods announced on Monday it was dropping her as a spokeswoman as well.

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