(NEWSER) – In her much-anticipated Today show appearance this morning, Paula Deen told Matt Lauer she doesn't even know whether the N-word is offensive to black people. "I have asked myself that so many times," she explained before going on to blame kids these days. "I go into my kitchens and hear what these young people are calling each other ... it’s very distressing for me. I think for this problem to be worked on, these young people are gonna have to take control and start showing respect for each other and not [throw] that word at each other. It makes my skin crawl." Needless to say, she also denied being a racist, and said that Food Network shouldn't have fired her.