"I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong that I've done. I want to learn and grow from this," says Paula Deen in a video apology.
Hours after canceling an interview and days after admitting in a discrimination lawsuit that she used the N-word in the past, celebrity chef Paula Deen released the apology this afternoon.
"Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable. I've made plenty of mistakes along the way,” she says.
66-year-old Deen was sued along with her brother by a former manager of one of her restaurants. The lawsuit alleges sexual harassment and a hostile work environment filled with racial slurs. In the ongoing lawsuit, Deen admitted under oath that she once suggested to an assistant that they hire middle-aged black men for an old southern plantation wedding.
Deen explained that she liked the "civil war look,” acknowledging that it was when black slaves waited on white people.
Now, she is asking for forgiveness:
"I beg you, my children, my team, my fans, my partners -- I beg for your forgiveness. Please forgive me for the mistakes that I've made."