Paula Deen parts ways with agent

The drops just keep coming in the Paula Deen world — only this time, the white-haired butter empress is not the one getting cut.

In the wake of her public fallout over her use of a racial slur, she has endured a windfall of setbacks. Companies steadily began to distance themselves from the now-former Food Network star — major pork producer Smithfield Foods dropped her as a celebrity endorser and Wal-Mart and Target decided to no longer carry her products. A planned book was also scrapped by Random House’s Ballantine Books. Now comes word that Deen has decided to part ways with her longtime agent Barry Weiner.

The Associated Press first reported the split Thursday, and it was confirmed Friday to The Times. In a statement through her spokeswoman Elana Weiss, Deen gave no reason for the separation.

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“Paula Deen has separated from her agent,” read Weiss’ statement. “She and her family thank him for the tireless effort and dedication over the many years.”


Calls and emails to Weiner were not answered at the time of publication.

The pair had worked together for more than a decade — and in her book “Paula Deen: It Ain’t All About the Cookin’,” she said Weiner was key in morphing her into TV’s comfort-food matriarch.

With the unraveling of her holdings (and image), it looks like Deen is going to great lengths to curb further erosion. Reports circulated last week that Deen had hired Judy Smith, the famed crisis manager of which “Scandal’s” Olivia Pope is based on, to resuscitate her reputation.