Paula Deen is making headlines — again.
The 68-year-old celebrity chef has fired her social media manager after the employee posted a photo of Paula posing with her son, Bobby Deen, 45, in brownface. Though the Tweet was quickly deleted from Paula's account, fans criticized the TV star and her son for using makeup to darken Bobby's face to portray Desi Arnaz's I Love Lucy character Ricky Ricardo.
Paula with her son, Bobby, on her TV show's Halloween special in 2011. (Photo Credit: R/R)
“Paula Deen’s Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy. This photograph is from a Halloween episode of Paula’s Best Dishes that aired in 2011,” a representative for Paula said in a statement released on Tuesday, July 7.
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“Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended. As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager," the statement, obtained by E! News, read.
Paula in October 2011. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
In 2013, Paula was terminated from The Food Network when a former employee sued her for sexual and racial discrimination. During the court proceedings, the mother-of-two admitted to using racial slurs on multiple occasions.
“You take your lumps, lick your wounds and move on. I had to see my family every day. As soon as we got up, we saw each other to make sure we were all right and we were going to make it through," she told Closer of the incident in September 2014.
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