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Paula Deen wants to clear the air in her kitchen. Following Food Network’s decision to fire the 66-year-old celebrity chef and not renew her contract in light of her racial slur scandal, she’s trying — once and for all — to make peace.

In a statement to CNN released on Friday night, the chef thanked the network for 11 “great years.”

“I have had the pleasure of being allowed into so many homes across the country and meeting people who have shared with me the most touching and personal stories,” she said. “This would not have been possible without the Food Network. Thank you again. Love and best dishes to all of ya’ll.”

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