Multiple Louisville outlets are reporting that Caesars Entertainment has ended its relationship with Paula Deen. There are four Paula Deen Buffets at different Caesars properties: Horseshoe Southern Indiana (near Louisville), Harrah's Tunica (outside Memphis), Harrah's Joliet (outside Chicago), and Harrah's Cherokee (North Carolina). WDRB reports in the video below that Deen and Caesars "mutually agreed to part ways," which seems a little odd, but sure. And WAVE3 got a statement from Horseshoe Southern Indiana:
In light of today's announcement regarding Caesar Entertainment Corporation and Paula Deen Enterprises mutual decision to not renew the two companies business relationship, Horseshoe Southern Indiana will announce plans for a new buffet in the near future.
This is the second major corporation to sever ties with Paula Deen. The first was Smithfield Foods who terminated its relationship on Monday. Deen went on the Today show this morning to apologize and perform damage control.
Eater has reached out to Caesars; developing.
UPDATE: Eater has acquired a statement from Caesars, read it below.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Paula Deen Enterprises Agree Restaurant-Licensing Contracts Will Not Be Renewed
LAS VEGAS – June 26, 2013 – Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) announced today it has reached a mutual agreement with Paula Deen Enterprises (PDE) not to renew the two companies' business relationship. Caesars operates Paula Deen-themed restaurants at four of its properties. Caesars intends to rebrand the restaurants in the coming months.
"While we appreciate Paula's sincere apologies for statements she made in her past that she recently disclosed during a deposition given in response to a lawsuit, after thoughtful consideration of their impact, we have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties to part ways at this time," said Jan Jones Blackhurst, executive vice president of communications and government affairs for Caesars Entertainment.
Caesars Entertainment Corporation is the world's most diversified casino-entertainment company. Since its beginning in Reno, Nevada, 75 years ago, Caesars has grown through development of new resorts, expansions and acquisitions and now operates casinos on four continents. The company's resorts operate primarily under the Caesars®, Harrah's® and Horseshoe® brand names. Caesars also owns the World Series of Poker® and the London Clubs International family of casinos. Caesars is focused on building loyalty and value with its guests through a unique combination of great service, excellent products, unsurpassed distribution, operational excellence and technology leadership. We are committed to environmental sustainability and energy conservation and recognize the importance of being a responsible steward of the environment. For more information, please visit www.caesars.com.