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Paula Deen's sons defend their mom

Paula Deen's sons are speaking out on behalf of their mother.

On CNN's "New Day," Deen's sons, Jamie and Bobby, broke their silence, and said that they have never heard their mother speak in a racist manner. Bobby went on to say that the deposition in which Deen admitted to saying racist things was extortion and character assassination.

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"Our mother was under oath asked in a deposition to pour over her entire life and to admit whether or not she had ever heard or used this word and it broke her heart to have to answer truthfully and say, yes that she had," Bobby said. "But the important thing here is for people to know that that is not her heart.... I'm disgusted by the entire thing because it began as extortion and it has become character assassination...."

"... There are opportunists and my mom has admitted and she has apologized and as a person what more can you do," Jamie added.

Since Deen's deposition in a discrimination lawsuit which went public last week, the Food Network has cancelled her contract and Smithfield Products dropped her endorsement deal. Jamie and Bobby Deen run a restaurant, The Lady and Sons in Savannah, Ga., with their mother.

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