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Paula Deen has not had the best couple of days, but she still managed to express her thanks to the cable network that made her a star - and fired her following the scandal surrounding her use of a racial epithet.

In astatement obtained byPeople, Deen thanked the Food Network, which announced Friday that it wouldnot renew her contract.

Deen said she was grateful for 11 "great years" and added, "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. This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya'll."