Not in the best way, however.
While dealing with a lawsuit brought against her and her brother, Paula doesn’t deny she’s used racial slurs before, but says she only uses them when talking about a black man who robbed her.
According to TMZ’s transcript of the filmed deposition, a lawyer asks Deen if she’s ever personally used a slur.
Lawyer: Okay. In what context [did you use the slur]?
Paula: Well, it was probably when a black man burst into the bank that I was working at and put a gun to my head.
Lawyer: Okay. And what did you say?
Paula: Well, I don’t remember, but the gun was dancing all around my temple … I didn’t — I didn’t feel real favorable towards him.
Lawyer: Well, then tell me the other context in which you’ve used the N-word?
Paula: I don’t know, maybe in repeating something that was said to me.
Lawyer: Like a joke?
Paula: No, probably a conversation between blacks. I don’t — I don’t know. But that’s just not a word that we use as time has gone on. Things have changed since the ’60s in the South. And my children and my brother object to that word being used in any cruel or mean behavior. As well as I do.
Paula Deen, a word of advice. If you choose to speak on this matter again, make sure there is some kind of actual apology.