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See How Paula Deen Defended Herself Against Charges of Racism During an Emotional, 13-Minute ‘Today’ Interview


"Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No."

NEW YORK (TheBlaze/AP) -- Paula Deen says that anyone who's never sinned should pick up a rock and throw it at her.

The celebrity chef dissolved into tears during a "Today" show interview Wednesday, trying to explain she wasn't a racist despite saying in a legal deposition that she's used racial slurs in the past.

Deen told "Today" host Matt Lauer that if there's anyone in the audience who's never said anything they regretted to "please take up that stone and throw it as hard as they can and kill me."

She urged her fans not to boycott the Food Network, which dropped her last week, but said she wouldn't have fired someone in the same position.

"I believe that every creature on this earth, everyone of God's creatures, was created equal," Deen assured.

"Would I have fired me? Knowing me? No," she said.

During the 13-minute interview, which was made slightly awkward by Lauer's insistence that she comment on the "business" side, Deen broke down multiple times. At one time she described having to hold her friends in her arms and assure them that everything was going to be alright.

She also clarified that she has never used the n-word outside a moment 30 years ago when she went through an attempted robbery "with a gun to my head."

Watch the entire exchange below:


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