Here's your end-of-day scandal update: Walmart has dropped Paula Deen. In an email, the megachain told Eater National, "We are ending our relationship with Paula Deen Enterprises and we will not place new orders beyond those already committed...We will work with suppliers to address existing inventories and agreements." Deen had lines of cookware, eye glasses, and food products stocked in Walmart stores; most recently came her line of finishing butters in flavors like southern grillin' and European-style. Says Eater National, "Apart from the Food Network, which fired her last week, this is by far the largest deal to fall through for Deen in the wake of her leaked testimony scandal."
Update 6/27: Here's the latest, including a suspension from pharma company Novo Nordisk.
In addition to Food Network (get that whole story here) and Walmart, deals that have fallen through include Smithfield, who "condemns the use of offensive and discriminatory language and behavior of any kind," Whit-Ash Furnishings, and Caesars Entertainment. Four Caesars properties had Paula Deen-themed restaurants, and now that the company and Deen have "mutually decided" to part ways, Caesars "intends to rebrand the restaurants in the coming months." Brands that are staying involved with Deen? Alice Travel/Celebrity Cruises, Springer Mountain Farms, and Novo Nordisk. Eater National has all the details.
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