Paula Deen reschedules "Today" show appearance

Paula Deen is expected to appear in an exclusive live interview on NBC's "Today" show on Wednesday.

This may sound familiar, as Deen was supposed to appear on the morning show last Friday to answer questions about using racial slurs in the past. But she backed out at the last minute, saying she was too "exhausted."

"She has told us she will be here this time," Lauer said during Monday's show.

Deen, 66, will have a lot to address when she sits down with Lauer on Wednesday. She made headlines earlier this month after admitting in a deposition for a discrimination lawsuit that she had used racial slurs in the past. After the fallout, she released two videotaped apologies on Friday, addressing the issue, as well as her absence from "Today." In the clip, Deen begged fans, colleagues and friends for their forgiveness. Shortly afterwards, the Food Network announced it wouldn't be renewing Deen's contract when it ends this month.

"Food Network will not renew Paula Deen's contract when it expires at the end of this month," the statement said.

Deen released the following statement over the weekend: "I would like to thank The Food Network for 11 great years. Because of the gift The Food Network gave me, I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories. Again, this would not have been possible without The Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya'll."

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