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Paula Deen is copping pleas. Yesterday (June 20), news broke that that celebrity chef admitted to using the N-word during a deposition in a s-xual harassment case. Now in a statement, Deen is saying she used the word in her past because of her southern upbringing. 

TMZ reports:

Paula Deen is using the “I’m from the South” excuse to justify her use of the N-word … saying that when she grew up, dropping an N-bomb was no big deal because everyone was racist.

Paula Deen Enterprises just issued the following statement to TMZ … “During a deposition where she swore to tell the truth, Ms. Deen recounted having used a racial epithet in the past, speaking largely about a time in American history which was quite different than today.”

FYI — the “time” Paula admitted to using the N-word was 1986!!!!!

Anyway, the statement continues … “[Paula] was born 60 years ago when America’s South had schools that were segregated, different bathrooms, different restaurants and Americans rode in different parts of the bus. This is not today.”

“To be clear Ms. Deen does not find acceptable the use of this term under any circumstance by anyone nor condone any form of racism or discrimination. “

Oh Paula.

Let us know if you’re buying what Mrs. Deen is selling in the comments.

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