UPDATE: In a statement released to NBC News, a representative for Deen said: “Paula Deen’s Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy. This photograph is from a 2011 Halloween episode of Paula’s Best Dishes.”
“Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended,” the statement said. “As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager.”
Paula Deen is under fire again, this time for a tweet she sent Tuesday.
Tuesday morning, the celebrity chef posted a #TransformationTuesday photo on Twitter, featuring herself as I Love Lucy’s Lucy, her former producer Gordon Elliott, and her son Bobby Deen, in brownface as Ricky.
The tweet read “Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do! #Transformation Tuesday @BobbyDeen,” has since been deleted, but not before dozens of people saved, commented and shared the picture.
The photo itself is not new, it’s from the 2011 Halloween episode of her Food Network show, Paula’s Best Dishes. But Deen reposted it Tuesday.
In 2013, Deen lost her Food Network shows, and nearly all of her business relationships after a former employee sued her claiming sexual and racial discrimination.
In the suit, an employee claimed Deen hired black waiters to dress like “slaves” for a plantation-themed wedding.
In her deposition, Deen admitted to having used the n-word on multiple occasions.
Deen has since apologized, and started her own subscription based online channel.
Yahoo! Says it reached out to Deen’s representation for comment. Her publicist Jaret Keller declined to provide a response on the record.