FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview about her

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FILE - In this June 26, 2013 file image released by NBC, celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show in New York. Deen dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview about her admission that she used a racial slur in the past. For a second year running, she earned the top spot in the “catastrophic PR” category. In 2012, she was flogged for announcing she had both diabetes and a lucrative endorsement deal for a drug to treat the condition she'd until then hidden. This summer, she acknowledged having used racial slurs in the past. Her endorsement, book and TV deals melted away faster than butter in a piping hot skillet. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer, File) less 

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