- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

‘You’re fired!’

Carrie Prejean will lose her Miss California USA crown because she doesn’t play well with others, according to TMZ.

The beauty queen - whose opposition to same-sex marriage caused a stir at the Miss USA Pageant in April - reportedly received her letter of termination Wednesday, TMZ said.

However, the firing isn’t based on her political and moral views, but on Miss Prejean breaking her contract, TMZ reports.

“This was a business decision, based solely on contract violations,” Keith Lewis, executive director of K2 Productions, said in the documents obtained by Fox News.

Sources connected with the pageant told TMZ that even Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump has now had it with Miss Prejean because she’s violating her contract by not getting clearance to participate in extracurricular activities.

TMZ also reports that Miss Prejean has been a no-show for appearances she was supposed to make for the pageant organization.

The new Miss California USA will be Miss Malibu Tami Farrell, TMZ says.

Wang among ‘Stars’?

“Dancing With the Stars” is getting a little more fashionable.

Designer Vera Wang has signed on to compete for next season’s disco ball trophy, E! Online reported Wednesday.

Miss Wang, who will be 60 by the time the next round of waltzing kicks off in the fall, rose from Vogue editor to one of the world’s most famous wedding dress designers. She not only dresses celebs on the red carpet now, but she also has her own home collection, plus a lower-priced clothing collection at Kohl’s.

As a girl, Miss Wang trained as a professional figure skater. She later designed costumes for Olympians Nancy Kerrigan and Michelle Kwan. Gold-medal winner Kristi Yamaguchi won season six of “DWTS.”

A representative for Miss Wang did not immediately comment, and an ABC representative declined to comment on casting, E! Online reports.

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” begins Sept. 21.

‘Storm’ skipper fined

Fishing boat captain and author Linda Greenlaw, who survived the nor’easter that was the basis for the book and movie “The Perfect Storm,” was fined Tuesday for fishing illegally in Canadian waters, Associated Press reports.

A judge in St. John’s, Newfoundland, imposed fines of around $31,500 in U.S. currency for entering Canadian waters and fishing illegally last fall. The Canadian government also seized her swordfish catch.

Portrayed in the film by Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Miss Greenlaw played a prominent role in the story written by Sebastian Junger. She was the last person in contact with the Andrea Gail, a swordfish boat out of Gloucester, Mass., that sank with all hands during the 1991 storm.

Purple pain

Prince needs new hips but won’t get them because he’s a Jehovah’s Witness, and members of the faith don’t believe in blood transfusions, the Wall Street Journal says, citing a report by Roger Friedman, who pens Showbiz411.com for the Hollywood Reporter.

According to the Web site, Prince - who turned 51 last Sunday - made an unscheduled appearance Monday at the Apollo Theater’s 75th anniversary celebration to toast Patti LaBelle. The pocket-size pop star reportedly used a diamond-studded cane to keep himself upright.

“He’s in a lot of pain,” said an unnamed source who was backstage with Prince at the Apollo, Showbiz411.com reported. “He’s popping pain killers and hoping it will all go away.”

But it won’t. In 2005, reports surfaced that Prince needed one hip replaced. He declined. In 2007 and 2008 came more reports that he finally had agreed to “secret surgery.”

Apparently, he didn’t.

Abrupt end

Hip-hop performer DJ Jazzy Jeff stormed off the stage during a performance last weekend in Kansas City, saying venue managers did not like the type of music he was playing.

According to Associated Press, officials with the Power & Light District say they just wanted the production crew to turn down the music because it was too loud for the sound system.

In Twitter entries, Jazzy Jeff said the staff at the KC Live! pavilion stopped his show after about half an hour Saturday night “for playin’ hip hop.”

The performer, whose real name is Jeff Townes, won a Grammy in 1988 with partner Will “Fresh Prince” Smith for the hit “Parents Just Don’t Understand.” He also had a recurring role as Mr. Smith’s best friend on the 1990s NBC sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

• Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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