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Published: Thursday, 7/4/2013 - Updated: 1 year ago

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Survey says fans support Deen

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Celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show, June 26 in New York. Celebrity chef Paula Deen appears on NBC News' "Today" show, June 26 in New York.
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Corporate America may be running away from Paula Deen as fast as it can, but ordinary viewers are sticking with the deposed chef, a new poll says.

Seventy-one percent of respondents said they did not believe Deen was a racist, according to the online survey from Ask.com. And nearly two-thirds believe that another network will pick up Deen, who was dumped by the Food Network after scandal engulfed her last month.

A court deposition surfaced in which Deen admitted to using the N-word and also planning a wedding party that would attire black wait staff as slaves.

A long list of companies severed ties with her, including Wal-Mart Stores and Kmart. But many fans seem to believe that Deen’s former partners are blowing the incident out of proportion. According to Ask.com, survey participants believed the Lance Armstrong doping scandal and Tiger Woods’ sex revelations were worse.

 

Actor’s daughter dies

Pierce Brosnan’s daughter has died from ovarian cancer, his publicist confirms.

Charlotte was 41 years old when she passed away in London on June 28, after battling the disease for three years.

Brosnan’s first wife Cassandra Harris, Charlotte’s mother, died from ovarian cancer in 1991.

 

Osmond, Hallmark split

Hallmark Channel said Tuesday it won’t renew Marie Osmond’s talk show, Marie, for a second season.

The show’s producer and distributor, Associated Television International, said that Marie was going into syndication as originally intended. A fall, 2014 launch is planned, the company said. New and repeat episodes of Marie will air on Hallmark through September.

 

Comical

Punky Brewster and the kids from Saved by the Bell are returning to the small screen through digital comic books. So, too, are Knight Rider, Airwolf, and Miami Vice.

Lion Forge Comics and NBC Universal said Tuesday they partnered to develop, write, illustrate, and publish digital comics based on those shows from the 1980s and 1990s. The comics are set to be released later this year through iTunes, Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore, Barnes & Nobles’ Nook store, and Kobo.



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