by Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Paula Deen's business empire continues to unravel in the wake of her n-word scandal and teary Today show interview.
The latest companies added to the list of those distancing themselves from the celeb chef are Sears, KMart and Walgreens.
J.C. Penney announced Friday it, too, is ditching Deen.
Penney spokeswoman Daphne Avila tells the Dallas Morning News that the company has decided to stop selling her merchandise and plans "to remove her products from jcp.com over the weekend."
Sears Holdings, which owns department store chain Sears and discount store chain Kmart, has decided to "phase out all products" tied to Deen's brand, reports AP.
"We will continue to evaluate the situation," added spokeswoman Amy Diamond.
And Mai Lee Ua, a spokesperson for Walgreens, confirmed to Huffington Post that the drug store chain is "phasing out" its Deen products, too. Walgreens owns regional drug store Duane Reade and internet retailer Drugstore.com, along with its namesake brand.
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