SAVANNAH, GA (TheBadgerCA) – Amid the storm of controversies that has Food Network star Paula Deen using racist and sexually discriminating language to staff, Deen’s career has taken yet another hit. Having learned today that she has lost a major endorsement deal with Smithfield Foods, Deen’s staff further revealed that their latest show pitch would not be picked up by specialty channel Food Network.
The show, “Kooky Kitchy Kitchens” was to have Deen travel the country hosting a show similar to the already successful Food Network franchise, Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives”. In her show, Deen would visit the homes of locally renowned “home chefs” and look at their kitchens, their specific cooking techniques and the food that has made them local legends.
David Towlings, Director of Programming for the Food Network, said there was nothing wrong with the show idea per se. “The network simply feels that this is not the time for another Paula Deen project given the current climate. The show is also very similar in its make-up to another successful franchise ‘Triple-D’ (‘Diner’s, Drive-Ins and Dives’ short form name) which has its own very repeatable nickname. I don’t think having a show called ‘KKK’ is the direction the network wishes to go in at this time.”