Paula Deen Returns To ‘Today Show,’ Apologizes One Year Later

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Paula Deen made her Today Show return one year after her racism scandal. The southern cook stopped by the this morning show to discuss her documentary, which will feature the aftermath of her firing from The Food Network and subsequent backlash after she was accused of using a racial slur. “Words are so powerful. They can hurt. They can make people happy. Well, my words hurt people,” Deen told Matt Lauer when asked about the lessons she’s learned over the past months. “They disappointed people and frankly, I disappointed myself. And for that, I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry for the hurt that I caused people because it went deep.”

“I didn’t recognize that woman,” told Matt Lauer. “That was a woman in trauma, I would say in shock, trying to understand what had happened. I probably should not have been here. I probably should have been at home, maybe even under the care of a doctor.”

Deen does admit she more guarded this year. “I’ve always been very, very naïve. Unless you do something that I can see you’re trying to hurt me, in my heart, you’re good. That’s childlike and it’s naïve, and I’m trying to be more guarded. I don’t ever want to get to the point where I’m cynical because I believe there are more good people than bad.”

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