Upcoming Paula Deen cookbook canceled

Although pre-orders boosted it to No. 1 on Amazon, Random House has pulled the book after a spate of bad publicity

Published June 29, 2013 4:55PM (EDT)

Paula Deen's empire continues collapse around her as Random House has canceled its plans to publish her upcoming cookbook, "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up," following revelations that Deen used racial slurs in her past. Though pre-orders boosted the book to No. 1 on Amazon, "after careful consideration," the publisher decided to pull the book, due out in October.

Sears, J.C. Penney, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, Target, Home Depot, Novo Nordisk, Smithfield Foods, Caesars Entertainment and The Food Network have all parted ways with the disgraced celebrity chef as well.

On the bright side, Deen might be going on more cruises this year.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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