Paula Deen Fires Agent

    In this Saturday, July 21, 2012 photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Food Network personality Paula Deen cheers for her husband, Michael Groover, during the semifinals of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West, Fla. Groover was among the 25 best from 140 Ernest Hemingway look-alikes who competed in the contest, but did not advance to the final round. The contest was a highlight event of the island city's Hemingway Days celebration that concludes Sunday. (AP Photo/Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman)

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    Being Paula Deen’s manager this week must have been the worst job in the world. Luckily for her longtime agent, Barry Weiss, he’s about to get a vacation. The embattled chef has relieved Weiss of his duties following his handling of the fallout from her admission that she used the N word and held on to some antiquated and, many say, racist ideas about the South. The multiple weird videos? Bailing on the television appearances only to show up and make everyone uncomfortable with the waterworks? If those were Weiss’s idea, a firing is definitely in order. To be fair, though, what could have saved her from her own buttery mess?

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