Paula Deen issues apology in video statement (VIDEO)

Celebrity chef Paula Deen apologized "for the mistakes I made" in a YouTube video posted online Friday, a move that followed news this week that she admitted to using racial epithets.

The Food Network said Friday it's dumping Paula Deen , barely an hour after the celebrity cook posted the first of two videotaped apologies online begging forgiveness from fans and critics troubled by her admission to having used racial slurs in the past.

The 66-year-old Savannah kitchen celebrity has been swamped in controversy since court documents filed this week revealed Deen told an attorney questioning her under oath last month that she has used the N-word. "Yes, of course," Deen said, though she added, "It's been a very long time."

See Deen's apology in the YouTUBE video below:

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