Who didn’t see this coming? Paula Deen has hired crisis manager Judy Smith.

The real “Olivia Pope”, working hand in hand to salvage what’s left of the butter-lover-n word using-disaster of a workplace-former spokesperson’s career.

Judy Smith has represented a number of celebrities facing scandals, including Michael Vick, Wesley Snipes,  and Kobe Bryant. She also represented Monica Lewinksy and Jill Kelley, the mistress of former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus. Smith previously served as Special Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to President George H.W. Bush. Smith inspired Scandal‘s Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), and serves as a co-executive producer and technical advisor on the show.

Smith & Co. may try to focus their attention on what’s left of Deen’s business partners. Yes, there are companies sticking by her. So far Novo Nordisk, maker of the diabetes treatment Victoza; Springer Mountain Chicken; Landies Candies; and Tasty Blend Foods.

“Tasty Blend Foods was very pleased with the Paula Deen interview given this morning on the Today Show,” Tasty Blend said in a statement Wednesday. “We appreciate her commitment and how she stepped up and apologized to her viewers, fans and the nation. We personally endorse Paula Deen and what she stands for. We are very saddened that she is being judged by her past, everyone has made a mistake sometime in their lives. We look forward to our continued partnership with her.”

Landies Candies President Larry Szrama also issued a letter of support. “Your interview this morning reaffirms who you really are and what you believe,” he wrote. “We count it a privilege to be your friend and business partner and look forward to sweet success in the future.”

Good lord, I wonder how they treat their employees.

In any event, this may be a case of too little too late for Deen.

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