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VIDEO: Paula Deen Speaks Out On NBC's Today Show

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After a failed scheduled appearance Friday, Savannah's Paula Deen appeared on NBC's Today Show early Wednesday. Among her quotes:

I am so distressed that people I have never heard of, are all of a sudden experts in my life"

"I believe every one of God's Creatures are created equal"

"The main reason I am here today Matt, it is important for me to tell you and everyone out there what I believe and how I live"

"The day I used that word was a world ago, it was 30 years ago"

In an article published on "In an emotional interview, her first since she admitted having used racial epithets, Paula Deen tearfully told TODAY's Matt Lauer Wednesday that she is not a racist; that as a businesswoman, she does not think her firing from Food Network was the right decision, and that she was unsure whether the N-word was offensive to black people.

When asked by Lauer whether she was a racist, Deen replied simply, "No." Then she added, "I believe that … every one of God's creatures was created equal. I believe that everyone should be treated equal, that's the way I was raised and that's the way I live my life"

When Lauer asked if Deen, who was let go from the Food Network Friday, believed her offense was a fireable one, Deen said it was not."

Deen's sons appeared Tuesday on CNN's New Day morning show, stating "What started out as extortion has turned into character assassination".

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