On O’Reilly, Ingraham Offers Defense For Paula Deen: We’ve Forgiven Celebs For Torturing Dogs, Rape Accusations

Laura Ingraham, filling in for Bill O’Reilly on The Factor tonight, put the spotlight on people who have been mobilizing behind celebrity chef Paula Deen after the Food Network ended her contract following her admission she used the n-word. Ingraham didn’t defend what Deen said, but she did question why she seems beyond redemption now when there have been celebrities who have been accused of a lot worse.

Steve Adubato explained that Deen’s problems began the second she said that “of course” she used the n-word. He said her online apologies looked like “hostage videos” and she should just not have talked about race at all, period. Ingraham noted that there have been celebrities who have been “forgiven for pretty reprehensible conduct,” like torturing dogs and being accused of rape, and their careers did not suffer like Deen’s has thus far.

Bishop Harry Jackson called this a “redemptive process” that requires more national conversation on these issues. Adubato added that it’s understandable why networks and sponsors are dropping her, even with Ingraham putting her words in perspective. Jackson ended the segment by saying that Deen’s words ended up highlighting the fact that race is still a tinderbox in American culture, and “it’s time for us to collectively take action.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of Fox News:


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