Of course Paula has the right of free speech. She also has legal responsibilities as a business owner and a business woman who is a public personality for a Cable TV channel. Her admitted use of the N-word turned out to be merely the tip of the iceberg with regard to her other racist behaviors. (The plantation themed wedding reception idea with the wait staff dressed up as slaves was quite repulsive. )
The testimony that she gave in the deposition regarding the racially biased work environment at her restaurant was what actually did her career on television in. We don't need gleeful racists on our cooking channels. Nobody's perfect, and there is that old adage about casting the first stone, but she really managed to reveal herself to be an over the top racist, and people have to pay a price for that.
It's a shame; of course I feel badly for her. But I have to weigh that against the now palpable racism. Now is not the time to be buying her book, as far as personal statements go. I'll probably get around to it some other day, like when it is in the discount bin at the local 99 cents store, or if Amazon drops it in the Kindle Daily Deal email. In any case, the book seems to be sold out now. (They should probably offer to gift wrap it in a Confederate Flag.)
The real shame here is that nothing can unite people like delicious food. Now there is a bad taste for people's mouths where there didn't have to be. At her advanced age of 66 years, she doesn't have much time left for a second act. But if there is to be one, she is going to have to do some soul searching.