PR experts say her apology was a failure and apparently her sponsors thought so too. Ceaser’s Palace and Smithfield Foods have severed their ties with Paula Deen over the past 48 hours. While her apology may have not passed muster with PR experts, I think most of mainstream America is more forgiving, I know I am. I don’t condone the use of “that word” and have never used it myself but I think she’s been made a scapegoat and has now been punished in her pocketbook. Let’s move on to the next story. If you missed it the other day, you can read more of my thoughts on the whole Paula Deen controversy. Did the Food Network overreacted? Click here to read my thoughts and share yours.