Sears, Walgreens, and Random House Drop Paula Deen
Following Smithfield Foods, Target, and Walmart, three more companies have cut ties with Paula Deen.
Sears, Kmart, and Walgreens (behind Duane Reade and Drugstore.com), have all decided to cut ties with Deen, phasing out her brand and products.
Sears Holding (which owns both Sears and Kmart), told TMZ, "After careful consideration of all available information, we have made the decision to phase out all products tied to [Paula Deen's] brand."
Meanwhile, Walgreens confirmed to The Huffington Post that the company will gradually phase out its Paula Deen products, according to Mai Lee Ua, a spokesperson.
This ups the number of companies who have cut off Deen to 11, following the lead of Food Network who first cut ties with the celebrity chef after she released videos apologizing post-transcript leak, where she admitted to using the "N" word and making racist jokes.
JC Penney and Ballantine Books have yet to comment on the scandal.
Update: Random House, overseer of Ballantine Books, has announced that they will be dropping Paula Deen's cookbook "after careful consideration," despite the book being at the top of Amazon's best-sellers list. The book, Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up, was slated to be released Oct. 15. Deen's literary agent tells Publishers Weekly, "We have gotten reachouts from other major customers in the book industry today offering support."
As for the situation itself, the agent tells PW, "I am sorely disappointed in the behavior of Random House for obvious reasons, and other reasons that will become apparent."