Cousin joins fans in support of Paula Deen

Cousin joins fans in support of Paula Deen

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Paula Deen's fans are serving up deep-fried outrage to the Food Network for its decision to dump the Southern comfort food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past.

Outside Deen's Savannah restaurant The Lady & Sons on Saturday, fan Marilynne Wilson said she's stunned that the cable network "jumped the gun" by announcing it wouldn't renew the celebrity cook's contract about an hour after she apologized in an online video Friday.

Meanwhile, Food Network's Facebook page is bombarded by comments from angry Deen fans promising they'll change the channel for good.

Deen's critics also have been outspoken online, making #PaulaDeenTVShows a trending topic on Twitter by posting satirical twists on familiar titles. Earlier in the week, they tweeted satirical names for recipes using #PaulasBestDishes.

But it is members of her family which are being the most vocal in defending her.

Click on the video above for an exclusive on-camera interview with Paula Deen's cousin, Johnnie Gabriel, who owns Gabriel's Desserts in Marietta. She talks candidly with FOX 5's Portia Bruner about the Paula Deen she knows.

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