Hoffman Media to stay with Paula Deen

Paula Deen has a friend in Birmingham. Hoffman Media announced Friday afternoon it will continue to publish Deen's Magazine, "Cooking With Paula Deen."

Eric Hoffman, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Hoffman Media, released this statement:

"Hoffman Media has worked closely with Ms. Deen since{} 2005. {}{}The recent images portrayed by the media do not reflect the person we know on a personal or a professional level.{} In the eight years that we have collaborated with Ms. Deen, {}we have{} witnessed her consistent generosity toward numerous charities, from hunger relief and battered women to a Savannah-based orphanage, to name a few. Most recently, she launched The Bag Lady Foundation to empower women and families in their time of need."

{}In closing, Mr. Hoffman said: "We are aware of the hurt that has been generated in the media in recent weeks. To be clear, Hoffman Media does not condone the use of offensive, discriminatory language or behavior. With that said, we feel that Ms. Deen's apology for past indiscretions was heartfelt and genuine.{} Our partnership will move forward with greater sensitivity and understanding."