Paula Deen To Critics: 'Please Take Up That Stone And Throw It' At Me 'And Kill Me' AP: NEW YORK — Paula Deen says that anyone who’s never sinned should pick up a rock and throw it at her. The celebrity chef — who hails from the U.S. South and specializes in southern comfort food — dissolved into tears during a “Today” show interview Wednesday, trying to explain she wasn’t a racist despite saying in a legal deposition that she’s used racial slurs in the past. Deen told “Today” host Matt Lauer that if there’s anyone in the audience who’s never said anything they regretted to “please take up that stone and throw it as hard as they can and kill me.” She urged her fans not to boycott the Food Network, which dropped her last week, but said she wouldn’t have fired someone in the same position. Deen acknowledged in her deposition to sometimes telling jokes including racial slurs and seemed to struggle when asked if she considered jokes using the N-word to be “mean.” “That’s kind of hard,” Deen said. “Most jokes are about Jewish people, rednecks, black folks. … They usually target, though, a group. Gays or straights, black, redneck, you know, I just don’t know — I just don’t know what to say. I can’t, myself, determine what offends another person.” When attorneys pressed Deen about whether she had once suggested that all black waiters be hired for her brother’s 2007 wedding. Deen said she once mentioned the idea to her personal assistant and Jackson but immediately dismissed it.