In this Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 photo, celebrity chef Paula Deen poses for a portrait in New York. (AP Photo/Carlo Allegri)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Las Vegas-based Caesars Entertainment has severed its ties Wednesday with celebrity chef Paula Deen after the culinary personality's recent controversy over the use of racial slurs.
Caesars said it will not renew the "business relationship" with Paula Deen Enterprises. The gaming company operates restaurants at four of its properties that adorn Deen's name.
In an announcement, Caesars said it will close the restaurants and reopened them under different names.
The ousting comes after Deen attracted criticism for admitting to the use of a racial slur under a deposition. Despite a public apology, several companies and interests have ended ties with Deen, including Food Network.
"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.
None of the Paula Deen restaurants are located in Las Vegas.
Later Tuesday, Walmart announced that its relationship with Paula Deen
Enterprises would not last past its current contractural agreement.
The fallout comes after transcripts of a May 17 deposition in a
civil suit were released. In them, Deen testified that she had used racial slurs in the
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