Matt Lauer first announced the news during Monday’s show, insisting that Deen “told us she will be here” on Wednesday.
Deen was previously scheduled to appear on NBC’s morning show on Friday. However, the Southern-fried chef abruptly canceled her appearance following the fallout from a recent deposition in which she admitted to using the N-word and expressed a desire to throw a southern-style wedding with black waiters acting as pre-Civil War-era “slaves.”
In other news, E! Online confirmed that QVC may also part ways with the embattled Deen. “QVC shares the concerns being raised around the unfortunate Paula Deen situation,” the shopping network — which features her many products — said in a statement. “QVC does not tolerate discriminatory behavior. We are closely monitoring these events and the ongoing litigation. We are reviewing our business relationship with Ms. Deen, and in the meantime, we have no immediate plans to have her appear on QVC.”
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• Sunday ratings snippet: Among broadcast fare, ABC’s Celebrity Wife Swap (4.4 mil/1.3 rating) dropped 16 percent from its last out; leading out of that, the Whodunnit? premiere retained 4 mil/1.3. NBC’s Crossing Lines opened to 4.4 mil/0.7, tying Saving Hope for the lowest-rated Big 4 drama launch ever. (Mad Men and Devious Maids ratings coming later, under separate cover.)
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