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Deen heads back to ‘Today,’ Brown has more issues, Winehouse’s brother speaks


Paula Deen will face Matt Lauer’s music Wednesday on NBC’s Today show.

The appearance will come three days after the cook abruptly canceled on the morning show, where she was scheduled to answer questions about her past use of racial slurs. The Food Network announced it wouldn’t renew her contract when it ends this month.

As for the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, Marketing & Public Relations Director Devonie Nicholas said: “Paula and her family are longtime supporters of our festivals, and this is an unfortunate situation.” It is unclear from that statement whether she will be invited back. FOX has yet to say whether Deen’s stint on Masterchef will be yanked; her role was teased in a promo for the upcoming season. The chef’s sons are unscathed, for now. Bobby Deen will reportedly stay with Not My Mama’s Meals and Jamie Deen’s Home for Dinner will also air as planned.

TMZ reports Smithfield pork products dropped the Savannah, Ga., restaurateur; she had a line of hams with them.

Special guest

Carson better stock up on the Pinot Noir: Sideways star Paul Giamatti will be a guest on Downton Abbey’s fourth season, it was announced. Giamatti will be playboy Harold Levinson, brother to Elizabeth McGovern’s Cora Crawley.

Trash talk?

Liberace’s ex-lover Scott Thorson is talking again about his supposed special relationship with Michael Jackson. He first sold (told) his story in 2004 to The National Enquirer. Thorson, 54, recently told The Sun his affair with the pop king went on about six or so years. “Liberace introduced me and Michael in the late 1970s,” he told the paper. “It was right around the time Thriller was coming out and Michael and I became lovers.” Jackson’s attorney Steve Cochran dismissed the story as “false trash.”

Brotherly love

Did an eating disorder help kill Amy Winehouse? The singer’s brother Alex Winehouse told the Observer Magazine that he believes his sister (who died of an alcohol overdose in July 2011) had abuse issues, and that bulimia made her body weak and “susceptible.”

Health crisis

Kathyrn Fiore (from the TBS defunct comedy Wedding Band) was released from the hospital after spending12 days fighting for her life following a C-section. Her baby girl is OK.

Fiore, 33, suffered a uterine hemorrhage and went into septic shock and organ failure. She underwent dialysis and other life-saving procedures, and now undergoes physical therapy to walk again and regain the use of her hands. Doctors believe a rare blood disease called HUS could be the cause.

More trouble

Chris Brown is being accused of assault again, TMZ reports. The site says Deanna Gines claims she was in the VIP section of Heat Ultra Lounge in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday night with Brown after his concert.

At closing, she says Brown shoved her to the ground and she suffered torn ligaments in her knee. Brown Tweeted he did no wrong.

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