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Giada De Laurentiis has class.

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Lexophile:
Apparently, Giada is getting all kinds of pressure from fans to stand up for Paula Deen. She is adamantly staying out of it.

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/tv/blogs/blog--giada-de-laurentiis-not-taking-sides-in-deen-drama

While it is a shrewd business decision on her part not to take sides, I also think she is handling it with compassion and grace. I coul dhave taken or left her before this, but I'm a fan now.

lowspark:
Yeah, I think there are very few celebreties right now for whom it would be a good idea to take sides in this debacle. I think Giada did the best thing she could. Say nice things about Paula regarding their personal relationship and then back off by saying that she doesn't have all the facts. Good move.

cocacola35:
Giada is right to stay out of this mess and I don't blame her.  It's unfortunate, but Giada is smart enough to see that by publicly taking sides she would be burning a lot of business and personal bridges.  There is too much at stake here.  Judging by the Food Network's hasty reaction to something Paula did 30 years ago, I bet they'd chop the head off anyone that sided with her as well.  (No pun intended) 

After reading her statement, I agree that she is handling this with grace and class.  I've been a fan of hers for a long time and this just makes me love her more. 

Hillia:

--- Quote from: cocacola35 on June 27, 2013, 10:16:56 AM ---Giada is right to stay out of this mess and I don't blame her.  It's unfortunate, but Giada is smart enough to see that by publicly taking sides she would be burning a lot of business and personal bridges.  There is too much at stake here.  Judging by the Food Network's hasty reaction to something Paula did 30 years ago, I bet they'd chop the head off anyone that sided with her as well.  (No pun intended) 

After reading her statement, I agree that she is handling this with grace and class.  I've been a fan of hers for a long time and this just makes me love her more.

--- End quote ---

Paula's words and actions were a lot more recent than 30 years ago, and her son's show has not been cancelled by Food Network at this time.

blahblahblah:
While I understand why someone would want to stay out of it, I gotta say that I admire the chefs who have spoken out against her. This isn't just some minor feud/quibble. More people should take public stances against racism, IMO. 

Edward Lee (he was on season 9 of Top Chef) wrote a very thoughtful piece where he said that he had worked with Paula and knew her to be a warm, funny, friendly person, but that none of those qualities trumped racism. I thought he worded it very well; no excessive vitriol ("SHE NEEDS TO BURN IN HELL!!!!") or even any vitriol, really. But he made it clear that he thought what she had done was wrong and that there were no excuses for her behavior.

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