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Target, Home Depot also cut ties with Deen

Retailers Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. and diabetes drugmaker Novo Nordisk became the latest companies to sever ties or distance themselves from celebrity cook Paula Deen as fallout builds from revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.

Target, based in Minneapolis, said Thursday it will phase out its Paula Deen-branded cookware and other items, which were sold on its website and in its stores.

“Once the merchandise is sold out, we will not be replenishing inventory,” said Molly Snyder, a Target spokeswoman.

Home Depot, which sold Paula Deen-branded cookware and kitchen products only online, pulled the products off its website on Wednesday.

Novo Nordisk said Thursday it and Deen have “mutually agreed to suspend our patient education activities for now.”

On Wednesday, Wal-Mart said it was cutting ties with Deen.

– Associated Press

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