Caesars Entertainment Corporation, parent company of Harrah's Tunica, issued a statement this morning announcing it has "reached a mutual agreement with Paula Deen Enterprises (PDE) not to renew the two companies’ business relationship."
Harrah's Tunica opened Paula Deen's Buffet in 2008. Deen appeared at a ribbon-cutting to unveil the 560-seat restaurant designed to look like Deen's home in Georgia.
According to the statement, the Tunica buffet and three other of the company's Deen-related businesses will be "rebranded." It appears that the Paula Deen Buffet has already been removed from the Harrah's Tunica site.
Full statement 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.