It looks like someone in the Paula Deen camp finally wised up and hired a 'fixer' to deal with the PR nightmare the southern chef finds herself caught up in. They didn't just settle for any 'fixer' but rather they went for one of the industry's best, Judy Smith, who is also the inspiration behind ABC's hit show, Scandal.
Here's how the latest in the Paula Deen scandal is beeing reported:
Paula Deen is setting out to do some damage control, hiring crisis manager Judy Smith.source
The 66-year-old celebrity chef, who admitted to using the “n-word” in a taped deposition, has been dropped from a number of partnerships, including the Food Network, Smithfield, and Caesar’s Entertainment.
A source told Us Weekly that Deen has been “making desperate calls to top crisis PR firms” in the aftermath of the deposition.
“She ended up with Judy Smith,” the source said.
Judy Smith has represented a number of celebrities facing scandals, including Michael Vick, Wesley Snipes, and Kobe Bryant. She also represented Monica Lewinksy and Jill Kelley, the mistress of former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus. Smith previously served as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. Smith also inspired Scandal‘s Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and serves as a co-executive producer and technical advisor on the show.
Paula Deen hasn’t lost all of her sponsorships, however. Tasty Blend Foods, Landies Candies, and Novo Nordisk are standing by Deen despite the controversy.
“Tasty Blend Foods was very pleased with the Paula Deen interview given this morning on the Today Show. We appreciate her commitment and how she stepped up and apologized to her viewers, fans and the nation,” Tasty Blends said in a statement. “We personally endorse Paula Deen and what she stands for. We are very saddened that she is being judged by her past, everyone has made a mistake sometime in their lives. We look forward to our continued partnership with her.”
Similarly, Landies Candies President Larry Szrama said, “Your interview this morning reaffirms who you really are and what you believe. We count it a privilege to be your friend and business partner and look forward to sweet success in the future.”