Deen rejoins Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show just one year after an emotional appearance on the show where Deen discussed a racist statement she made years earlier. Deen discusses her mental state during the prior year’s appearance and apologizes for the scandal:
That was a woman in trauma, shock, trying to understand what happened. And you know the cold hard fact, Matt, is I probably should not have been here. I should have been home, maybe under the care of a doctor. My words hurt people. They disappointed people, and quite frankly I disappointed myself. And for that I’m so sorry. I’m so, so sorry for the hurt I caused people. Because it went deep.