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In an interview with CNN on the eve of The Carter Center's upcoming human rights forum, former president Jimmy Carter took the opportunity to weigh in about his dear old friend, celebrity racist Paula Deen.

I advised her to let the dust settle and to make apologies. And she has some very beneficial human programs in Savannah, Georgia, where she lives...I advised her to get some of those people who she's helping every day to speak out and show that she has changed in her relationship with African-American people, with minorities in the last number of years...

Paula herself told us there were people out there who knew her well and would come to her defense (i.e. insane Facebook commenters). But former Prez Carter? Well I'll be.

Carter added, "my heart goes out to her, but of course there's no condoning the use of a word that abuses other people."