Famous Black Chef Joe Randall — Paula Deen Might Be Racist, But I Still Respect Her

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Famed black Southern chef Joe Randall — who once taught Paula Deen a few tricks — says he”s extremely hurt by Deen”s admitted use of the n-word … but tells our sources, he”d STILL welcome her at his establishment.

Randall — who runs the famous Savannah Cooking School in Georgia where Deen once studied — tells us, he can”t say definitely whether Deen”s a racist simply because she once used the n-word … but says, “I can say that her admitting to using derogatory language and the n-word is very hurtful.”

Randall called the language racist, but said, “You have to understand we”re in the South and some people think that it”s acceptable to use [racist] language from 50 years ago.”

Now the shocking part … Randall says, “As a businessman, of course she is welcome in my establishment like any other client would be. I wouldn”t turn her down at all.”

He adds, “Although I don”t respect that she used derogatory hateful words … and if she came into my establishment and we were to talk, I would tell her I don”t agree with her words.”

Translation: money talks, racist or not.