Late on Friday afternoon, Ballantine Books, the publisher of "Paula Deen's New Testament," announced that it was dropping the cookbook from its fall release lineup. Even after so many other companies abandoned Paula, this came as a major shock.

Why? Over the past week and a half, as the furor surrounding Deen's racism scandal mounted, the Queen of Southern Cuisine has maintained one crucial bulwark of support: her cookbooks.

Nielsen BookScan data provided to the Huffington Post showed that Deen's last six books have sold over a million copies combined -- generating many millions of dollars in revenue. And devout fans of Deen's seemed to respond to the scandal by buying even more books. By June 27, pre-orders for "Paula Deen's New Testament," which doesn't come out til October, had pushed the book to the number-one bestselling spot -- of all books -- on Amazon.com.

The book was (is?) co-authored by New York Times food writer Melissa Clark; a request for comment from her by The Huffington Post was not immediately returned.

The departure of Ballantine, a subsidiary of Random House, leaves very few corporations remaining on Paula's side. That either means that she's headed toward absolute ruin -- or she's hit rock bottom, and is due for a comeback. At this point, the fact that she hired the inspiration for Olivia Pope of "Scandal" to manage the crisis is the main reason to suspect the latter is still a possibility.

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  • Morning Of June 19: National Enquirer Reports On Racist Statements

    On the heels of Paula Deen's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">finishing butters announcement</a>, the National Enquirer claims that it has obtained video of Paula Deen <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">making racist statements</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 19: HuffPost Obtains Paula Deen's Deposition

    And confirms <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paula-deen-racist-comments-n-word-caught-on-video_n_3467287.html" target="_blank">remarks</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 19: #PaulasBestDishes Trends On Twitter

    Mixing <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/19/paulas-best-dishes-twitter-reactions-allegations-of-racism_n_3467877.html" target="_blank">recipes with racism</a>.

  • Evening Of June 19: Food Network "Monitors" The Situation

    And <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/20/paula-deen-food-network_n_3471453.html" target="_blank">releases a statement</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 20: Questions About Her Future Surface

    Is her career <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-racist-comments_n_3477536.html" target="_blank">doomed</a>?

  • Evening Of June 20: Deen Gets Skewered On 'Daily Show'

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/daily-show-paula-deen_n_3477924.html" target="_blank">Type II racism</a>, y'all.

  • Morning Of June 21: Deen Bails On The Today Show

    The program was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-today-show_n_3477825.html" target="_blank">supposed to have the exclusive</a>.

  • Morning Of June 21: Matt Lauer Was Not Happy

    Nor was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/today-show-paula-deen-cancellation-matt-lauer_n_3478187.html" target="_blank">Al Roker</a>.

  • Afternoon Of June 21: Deen Issues THREE Different Apologies

    Things got a little <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-apology_n_3479279.html" target="_blank">messy, and sad</a>.

  • Late Afternoon Of June 21: Food Network Drops Paula Deen

    Her contract was <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/paula-deen-fired-food-network-cancels-show-after-racism-scandal_n_3480517.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">set to expire</a>.

  • Evening Of June 21: Paula Deen Fans Erupt On Food Network Page

    They are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/food-network-facebook_n_3480903.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">not happy</a>.

  • Sunday, June 23: More Allegations Arise

    It's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/23/paula-deen-scandal-continues-employees-tell-rainbow-push-alleged-discrimination_n_3484607.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">not over</a> yet.

  • Monday, June 24: Smithfield Drops Dean

    Other companies still <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/paula-deen-smithfield-endorsement-over-company-drops-deen-in-wake-of-racist-remarks_n_3495314.html" target="_blank">mulling their future</a> with Deen.

  • Tuesday, June 25: Paula Deen Cruise Adds Extra Date

    Fans are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/25/paula-deen-cruise_n_3499047.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_hplink">standing by her</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Caesars Drops Deen

    They are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/paula-deen-caesars-entertainment_n_3503411.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_hplink">re-branding her four buffets</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Deen Gives Emotional Interview

    There are <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/paula-deen-today-show_n_3501825.html?utm_hp_ref=business" target="_hplink">a lot of tears</a>.

  • Wednesday, June 26: Walmart Drops Deen

    The world's largest retailer said it will not place "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/26/walmart-paula-deen_n_3505258.html" target="_blank">any new orders beyond what's already committed</a>."

  • Thursday, June 27: Novo Nordisk Suspends Deen Partnership

    The company originally stood by her, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/paula-deen-novo-nordisk_n_3509855.html?utm_hp_ref=business" target="_blank">no more</a>.

  • Thursday, June 27: Target Drops Deen

    Not <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/target-paula-deen_n_3510753.html" target="_blank">too many left</a>.

  • Thursday, June 27: QVC & Deen Taking A Pause

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/qvc-paula-deen_n_3512942.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">From the CEO</a>: "We all think it’s important, at this moment, for Paula to concentrate on responding to the allegations against her and on her path forward."

  • Friday, June 28: Kmart, Sears, Walgreens Phase Out Deen Products

    Domino effect <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/sears-walgreens-paula-deen_n_3516532.html?utm_hp_ref=@food123" target="_blank">here</a>.

  • Friday, June 28: J.C. Penney Drops Deen

    No more <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/jcpenney-paula-deen_n_3517744.html" target="_blank">Deen merchandise</a>.

  • Friday, June 28: Publisher Drops Paula Deen's Newest Cookbook

    Even though it isn't out yet and it is <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/28/paula-deens-new-testament_n_3518997.html" target="_hplink">number 1 on Amazon right now</a>.