NOOooo: Paula Deen Hires The Real-Life Version Of Olivia Pope On ‘Scandal’ AKA Judy Smith, Crisis Manager


OMG. Worst. News. Ever. Like, seriously. I am going to write this story, publish it, and then completely erase it from my memory immediately thereafter. Gladiators, this is a difficult day for us. We all love ABC’s Scandal, and we all love Olivia Pope, but it’s easy to forget that the character of Olivia Pope is actually based on a real woman– Judy Smith. The crisis manager responsible for handling the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky situation (among other DC scandals) is lit’rally the inspiration behind Kerry Washington’s amazing performance of Olivia. She is real, she is amazing, and… she is representing Paula Deen. Let’s all say it together now: NOOOOOOOOOoooooo!!!!!! LMAO, OMG. I can’t even. Just click inside for more.

The HuffPost has the unfortunate deets:

As the Paula Deen saga closes out its third week and the jury continues to deliberate on whether the celebrity chef’s formerly charming-as-cherry-pie persona will ever reemerge (or whether she’ll ever find forgiveness from the millions she offended with her admitted use of racial epithets), one thing has been on the mind of Deen’s one-time fans: “What would Olivia Pope do?”

In fact, it’s a question we’ve been pondering ourselves since Deen’s bread and butter (pun intended) hit the fan earlier this month and early Wednesday with the suspension of her endorsement deal with diabetes drug maker Novo Nordisk.

Following two video apologies, of which many questioned the sincerity, the termination of her contract with the Food Network and a handful of other sponsors, and an appearance on the ‘Today’ show Wednesday, which some deemed as more defensive than contrite, Deen has called in crisis manager Judy Smith to help her get her empire back in order.

Smith, the muse behind ABC’s ‘Scandal,’ has worked behind the scenes helping calm the international hysteria over the SARS pandemic; advising Kobe Bryant and Michael Vick during their run-ins with the law; and shaping the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s reputation following the 9/11 attacks.

In an interview with Washingtonian magazine last year, Smith described her biggest takeaway about human nature from her encounters with people at some of their lowest points in life: “I like to believe in the good in people. But we’re all going to screw up from time to time,” she said.

OMG. This is just like Scandal, lol! How many times did we watch Olivia Pope take off her white hat and represent the bad guys? It made for such good television! But, alas, the real-life version of this story kinda sucks. I simply do not want Paula Deen to have her crisis managed and I def don’t want her to have the help of real-life Olivia! Boooo!

So yeah. No. I’m gonna go ahead and forget this story ever happened. Nobody talk to me.


  • Sandy!

    This feels like the blown up version of “I’m not racist, I have black friends.”

  • Erock

    Does anybody else feel like Paula Deen is getting bullied here? She made a horrible mistake / held some horrible beliefs, but has genuinely apologized. It feels like everybody who is slightly racist in this country is taking an opportunity to prove they’re not racist by pointing the finger at Paula and beating her down. I’m disgusted by her words, but I am equally disgusted by the way the country has vilified her and made her the poster woman for evil racists. People can, and do, change. She has apologized and deserves that opportunity.

    • @Erock — I don’t that I believe you can “bully” celebrities. They make a fortune selling themselves — their image, their products. If they do something that sullies that image then people have a right NOT to buy her products anymore. When you sell yourself to the public you have to be really careful not to cross a line that will make you unmarketable.

    • Megan

      Then give them the opportunity to not buy her stuff…they’re just pulling it from stores and not giving customers a say. That’s my view anyways. I agree that she’s being bullied, the punishment does not fit the crime.

    • Emily

      @Erock – I’m curious where you’ve seen a “genuine apology.” I think that’s the main problem here. Paula has not handled this well AT ALL. She ducked out of interviews only to reemerge when her endorsement deals went away. Then she got tearful and “apologetic.” That was the worst – her “tears” we’re fake and just angered me more. If she handled this better from the start she’d be in a much better position now. I have no sympathy for her, ESP since she hid her diabetes for years while shilling her fattening products.

  • Monicaaa

    I agree Trent. Everyone knows consumers are fickle so a company can’t complain if public opinion shifts one way or the other towards their product. If that company ends an endorsement deal based on what they perceive the public opinion is on a particular celebrity – that is their right to do so.

    I haven’t quite felt the genuine apology from Paula Deen so far but I don’t assume she’s some evil hateful person. But regardless, I think she has to accept the consequences of her actions. I think she is perfectly free to live her life however she likes and work anywhere that is willing to employ her. Endorsements are different though and I hope that this incident reminds celebrities how quickly the tide can turn and to be more careful with their words and actions.

  • blaqfury

    It’s about time… Paula Deen shoulda had a professional crisis manager after her first sponsor bailed on her. I didn’t really have any opinion on Deen before all this happened. I never watched her show nor purchased any of her products. I only know who she was because of the viral video of her getting hit in the face with a ham. I think there are celebs that do a lot worse and have less repercussion. I still feel if people don’t have an issue with entertainers, comedians and rappers regular use then why tar and feather Deen. I didn’t support her before all this and I’m not going to after, but it amazes me how America can focus and attack (even hypocritically) when it wants too.

  • Paul

    After observing interviews with Kevin Hart and other African-American celebrities talking about Paula Deen, the general impression I get is that they recognize the backlash against her has gone way overboard. Kevin Hart had a great line where he said something to the effect of, “I’m black and now I’m afraid to use the ‘N’ word.”