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Springfield-based Food Channel offers Paula Deen a chance to shape network

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - A Springfield company has received scores of messages from people complaining about the hits cooking maven Paula Deen has taken since admitting to using a racial slur in the past, and is hoping to use that attention to woo Deen to Missouri.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that the complaints being sent to The Food Channel are intended for the similarly named Food Network, which announced it's not renewing Deen's contract since she admitted using a racial slur years ago.

The Food Channel, which produces cooking-themed content in Springfield, says it would welcome giving Deen a chance "to get back to the food." It said Deen would have the chance to "shape a fledgling network."

Kay Logsdon, The Food Channel's editor-in-chief, says Deen has apologized, and America is "very forgiving."

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