If there is one person in the domestic TV world that probably knows a thing or two about going through a public scandal and making out okay on the other side, it’s Martha Stewart. While she was not the center of public scorn over using racial slurs like Paula Deen, she was sentenced to five months in prison for what was her role in a pretty elaborate cover-up. This is easily enough to taint someone’s reputation, especially when you consider that a good percentage of the consumer base is of the conservative variety.
So would Martha ever sit down with Paula and give her some advice when it comes to how to deal with the road ahead? She didn’t say that on “Watch What Happens Live!” this week, but the domestic diva did proclaim that she does have a sympathetic feeling towards the disgraced former Food Network personality:
“I feel sorry for Paula Deen. She’s a public figure and I know you have to be extremely careful being a public figure. So I don’t really want to say whether I agree with it or not, I just feel that you have to really watch yourself — especially in this day and age, with cameras all over you…”
Stewart would only say “no comment” on the subject of whether or not the Food Network did the right thing in dropping her from their roster. Paula is going to have her work cut out for her if she wants to have any sort of comeback in the future, given that race-related remarks in this day and age are just not tolerated on any level. She’s already lost connections with Walmart, Target, and even the diabetes company that she had partnered with last year, a move that brought on plenty of controversy of its own.
Do you think there’s a chance that Paula could bounce back like Martha once did? If you want to see some more insight into her emotional interview with Matt Lauer on “The Today Show,” our advice is to visit the story here.