“When I see Paula Deen, the first thing that comes in my head is Southern food,” said one of the contestants on last night’s MasterChef episode. Really? Because, as of late, “racist deposition testimony” is the first thing that comes to mind when we see Paula.
The episode was filmed back in March, before the whole Paula scandal went down, but Fox decided to air the controversial episode regardless of the media and the public’s attack on Paula Deen. According to Eater, Fox tried to work around including Deen in the episode, because solutions like editing her out—or simply not airing the episode at all—proved unworkable. Unsurprisingly, Fox did not promote Paula’s appearance on the show.
Watch the Masterchef epsiode below to see Deen pull up to the party in a tractor and shout, “How ya’ll doin’?”