Celebrity chef Paula Deen denies she is a racist, dropped by Walmart

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Handout of Matt Lauer interviewing Paula Deen on NBC News' "Today" showNEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. celebrity chef Paula Deen, under fire after she admitted using a racial slur, said in a tearful TV interview on Wednesday that she is not a racist, as retailer Walmart said it was cutting ties with the chef. In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, the Southern food doyenne said she never intentionally hurt anyone and that it was important for her to tell "everyone out there what I believe and how I live my life." When asked if she felt she had racist tendencies, she replied, "No. …

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