In a statement obtained by People, Deen said: "I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories. This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya'll."
On Friday, the network announced that it would not renew Deen's contract when it expires later this month. The decision came days after a deposition leaked in which Deen admitted to using the N-word several times and requesting that black waiters play slaves at a Plantation-themed wedding. Shortly before getting fired, Deen released two videotaped apologies, the first of which was bizarrely edited and has since been removed.
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