Carrie Prejean can no longer be called Miss California, The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting. Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Pageant, has fired Prejean because she has not fulfilled her duties as Miss California USA and has been missing scheduled appearances. I guess the Lord really does work in mysterious ways.
From The Enquirer:
“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 had complained at a news conference last month that Prejean was skipping Miss California USA events while speaking out against gay marriage at unsanctioned appearances.
After the complaints reached Trump, who owns Miss California USA’s parent organization, the mogul decided to give her a second chance and keep her on. On Thursday, 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,” Trump said in a statement. “Unfortunately it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen.”
Pageant officials said Prejean would be replaced by the Miss California pageant’s first runner-up, Tami Farrell, 24, who was crowned Miss Teen USA in 2003. They had announced last month that Farrell was being named a special ambassador to fill in for Prejean at any events she didn’t attend.
“Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests,” Trump said.