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Paula Deen Fans Want Partnership With Cracker Barrel

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LEBANON, Tenn. – Fans of Paula Deen have reached out to a Tennessee company to help the disgraced cooking star.

Cracker Barrel's Facebook page has been overwhelmed with requests from for the Lebanon-based restaurant to pair up with the cook.

Deen was dropped by The Food Network, Wal-Mart, Target and other companies after admitting to using racial slurs years ago.

Cracker Barrel has sold Deen merchandise in the past but a spokesperson said they were not involved in any current agreements with her.

Deen's business deals began falling apart after she was questioned under oath in May as part of a civil lawsuit filed last year by Lisa Jackson, a former manager of Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, which Deen co-owns with her brother, Bubba Hiers.

Jackson said she was sexually harassed and worked in an environment rife with racial slurs and innuendo.

Asked in her deposition if she had ever used the N-word, she replied: "Yes, of course." That she also insisted "it's been a very long time" seemed to matter little to the companies paying to use her name and image with their products. Neither were they swayed by Deen's apologies in online videos and in person television interviews.

Deen announced Thursday that she has cut business ties with the agent who helped make her a Food Network star and launch a media and merchandising empire that has largely crumbled in the wake of her admission that she used racial slurs in the past.

Deen had worked with New York agent Barry Weiner for more than a decade. She has said he was instrumental in getting her show Paula's Home Cooking on the Food Network in 2002. She gave no reason for her parting with Weiner in a prepared statement.

Forbes magazine ranked Deen as the fourth-highest-earning celebrity chef last year, figuring she had hauled in $17 million. Her company Paula Deen Enterprises generates total annual revenue of nearly $100 million, according to Burt Flickinger III, president of retail consultancy Strategic Resource Group.

(NewsChannel 5 and The Associated Press.)

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