Actress Stacey Dash has come out in support of celebrity chef Paula Deen insisting that no one on earth has the right to cast judgment against her and that her judgment should be left to the Almighty.
In the days since news broke that Deen used racial epithets, the celebrity chef has been dropped from her network and several sponsors have pulled endorsements, but others including Dash would like judgment to be left to God.
"God does everything for a reason @Paula_Deen Only God can judge your heart BTW my daughter loves your show (only way she can get me to cook)," Dash posted on her Twitter account.
Others have already come to Deen's defense including Georgia pastor Gregory A. Tyson, Sr., from First Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in Savannah, a friend who came forward to defend her insisting she can't be a racist.
"I know her. My children have been to her house. I've been to her house, I've sat on her furniture. I've been all through her house. What racist would let a black man walk all through her house?" Tyson told WTOC Friday.
The pastor mentioned Hollis Johnson, a black man who manages much of the chef's affairs and travels with her. "She is a mother to him, a mother figure," he said.
The Food Network's announcement, that her contract will not be renewed after it expires at the end of June, came hours after Deen, a Savannah resident, publicly apologized. "I want to apologize to everybody for the wrong I have done. I want to learn and grow from this," Deen said in a video posted on YouTube on Friday. "Inappropriate, hurtful language is totally, totally unacceptable."
It was revealed this week that Deen, who currently has three regular programs on the network, admitted to using the N-word during her deposition in a discrimination lawsuit filed last year by a former employee at Uncle Bubba's Seafood and Oyster House, a restaurant in Savannah she and her brother Bubba Hiers own. She also reportedly admitted to condoning pornography in the workplace.