- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 11, 2009

“You’re fired.”

Mr. Trump and other pageant leaders said Miss Prejean was being sacked, not because of the remarks but because she hadn’t been holding up her end of the agreement she signed when she entered the pageant.

“This was a decision based solely on contract violations, including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization,” the California pageant’s executive director, Keith Lewis, said in a statement.

He complained at a news conference last month that Miss Prejean was skipping Miss California USA events while speaking out against gay marriage at unsanctioned appearances.

After the complaints reached Mr. Trump, who owns Miss California USA’s parent organization, the mogul decided to give her a second chance and keep her on. On Wednesday, he changed his mind.

“I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA Organization, and I gave her the opportunity to do so,” Mr. Trump said in a statement. “Unfortunately, it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen.”

Pageant officials said Miss Prejean would be replaced by the Miss California pageant’s first runner-up, Tami Farrell, 24.

“Carrie is a beautiful young woman, and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests,” Mr. Trump said.

A representative for Miss Prejean, 22, did not return a call for comment.

During the Miss USA competition, Miss Prejean was first runner-up after answering a gay judge’s question about gay marriage by saying wedding vows should be reserved for opposite-sex couples.

“No offense to anybody out there, but that’s how I was raised,” she said.

After the response drew heavy criticism from gay and liberal groups, she began speaking to crowds opposed to gay marriage, violating a section of her contract that required she clear unsanctioned appearances with pageant officials. About the same time, seminude photos of her began to surface on the Internet.

Although the photos were mild, pageant officials said she also violated her contract by not disclosing their existence to them.

When Mr. Trump initially decided to keep Miss Prejean on, Mr. Lewis’ co-executive director, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, resigned in protest.

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