NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The social media manager for former Food Network star Paula Deen has been fired after a tweet to Deen’s official Twitter page depicted someone in “brownface.”
The tweet showed Deen dressed as Lucille Ball from “I Love Lucy” alongside her son, Bobby Deen, in “brownface” makeup as Desi ARnaz’s character Ricky Ricardo.
“Lucyyyyyyy! You got a lot of esplainin’ to do!” read the caption on the photo.
In a statement obtained News 2, Deen’s officials said her social media manager has since been fired.
The statement reads in full:
Paula Deen’s Social Media Manager posted a picture this morning of Paula and Bobby Deen dressed in costume as Lucy and Ricky, from I Love Lucy. This photograph is from a 2011 Halloween episode of Paula’s Best Dishes. Paula immediately had this picture taken down as soon as she saw the post and apologizes to all who were offended. As such, Paula Deen Ventures has terminated their relationship with this Social Media Manager.
Tuesday’s controversy comes just two years after the Southern cooking star was fired from the Food Network for using a racial slur.