Home Depot drops Paula Deen
Home Depot joined a growing list of corporations severing ties with celebrity chef Paula Deen, who admitted using a racial slur in the past.
Deen’s branded items -- the Paula Deen Signature Tools collection -- were available through Homedepot.com’s kitchen and cookware section. The wide variety of products ranged from rolling pins to tea kettles. A spokesman for the Atlanta-based retailer said that the cookware products were on the company’s website, but that Home Depot had no sponsorships or partnerships with Paula Deen properties.
The company’s website described the collection this way: “The Paula Deen Signature Tools collection combines classic Southern style with tried and true kitchen pieces that have stood the test of time.”
Deen’s saga has become a media sensation since she revealed about a week ago that she used a racial slur. Walmart, the Food Network and Smithfield Foods also cut ties with the chef.