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NEW YORK — Sears, J.C. Penney, and Walgreen said Friday that they’re cutting ties with Paula Deen, adding to the growing list of companies severing their relationship following revelations that the Southern celebrity chef used racial slurs in the past.
Meanwhile, Paula Deen’s upcoming cookbook, currently the number one seller on Amazon.com, has been dropped by its publisher.
In a brief statement Friday, Ballantine Books said it had canceled publication of ‘‘Paula Deen’s New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up.’’ The book was scheduled for October.
QVC took a more gentle approach on Friday and announced that it has decided to ‘‘take a pause’’ from Deen. But it left the door open for her return.