Casinos Won't Renew Paula Deen Contract for Buffet, Merchandise

Casinos Won't Renew Paula Deen Contract for Buffet, Merchandise

Caesars Entertainment, which owns Harrah's Casino in Tunica, announced Wednesday it will not renew its contract with Paula Deen.
LAS VEGAS (localmemphis.com) - Caesars Entertainment, which owns Harrah's Casino in Tunica, announced Wednesday it will not renew its contract with Paula Deen.

The company came to a "mutual agreement" with Paula Deen Enterprises to discontinue the celebrity chef's restaurants and merchandise at four casinos, including Harrah's in Tunica.

Caesars stated it plans to rebrand the restaurants in the coming months.

“While we appreciate Paula’s sincere apologies for statements she made in her past that she recently disclosed during a deposition given in response to a lawsuit, after thoughtful consideration of their impact, we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government affairs for Caesars Entertainment.

The loss of her themed buffets is the latest business fallout for Deen as a result of her admission to using racial slurs several years ago. The Food Network is not renewing her contract, and Smithfield Hams dropped her endorsement.

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