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Universal Furniture Debating Paula Deen's Fate

7:46 AM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- Universal Furniture, which owns the licenses to Paula Deen's Home Furniture brand, is debating Deen's future.

In a corporate memo sent to the company's retailers, Universal shared its position on the Deen scandal. It stated, "We believe it is only fair to you our dealer, our company and frankly Paula herself to let the facts play out before taking action.

This comes after, the Food Network and Smithfield Foods dropped the celebrity chef from their contractual agreements. She's under fire, after admitting using a racial slur during a lawsuit deposition. A former restaurant manager is suing her for sexual and racial harassment.

Deen launched her furniture collection in 2009 at Universal Furniture International, Inc. in High Point. The furniture sells very well for the company and employs about 50 workers at the High Point location.

But it's now a waiting game for the furniture company, as Deen has apologized twice on YouTube. She's preparing for another public address on the matter that is expected to happen on Wednesday.

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