Caesars Entertainment cuts ties with Paula Deen

Casino company Caesars Entertainment drops Paula Deen amid fallout from racial slurs

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Caesars Entertainment cuts ties with Paula Deen
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FILE - In this Jan. 17, 2012 file photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday, June 26, 2013, trying to explain she wasn't a racist despite saying in a legal deposition that she's used racial slurs in the past. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri, File)

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Casino operator Caesars Entertainment Corp. is cutting ties with celebrity chef and southern food connoisseur Paula Deen.

Caesars announced Wednesday it has reached an agreement with Paula Deen Enterprises to end their business relationship, a week after Deen admitted she has used racial slurs.

Caesars operates four Deen-themed restaurants at casinos across the country. The Las Vegas company says it will rebrand the restaurants in the coming months.

Deen has lost several parts of her empire in recent days, including contracts with Smithfield Foods and the Food Network. QVC and Sears say they are reviewing their deals with Deen's company.

Deen's public relations team did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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