May 11th, 2009
04:20 PM ET

Donald Trump to get last word on Miss California USA

Program Note: Tune in tonight to hear the latest on Carrie Prejean on AC360° at 10 p.m. ET.

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Alan Duke

The Miss California USA controversy is playing out like one of Donald Trump's highly rated reality shows, with viewers waiting to hear whether he'll utter his famous phrase, "You're fired!"

While California pageant officials appointed Carrie Prejean's runner-up to temporarily take over her public duties, Trump, who owns the Miss Universe pageant, is set to announce Tuesday the final decision on whether Prejean will lose her crown for breaching her pageant contract.

The state organization's officials - who appear eager to say farewell to Prejean - have sent their recommendation to Trump for his consideration, Miss California USA Co-executive Director Keith Lewis said.

With or without a beauty queen title, Prejean said Monday, the controversy "has given me such a bigger platform" to talk about her beliefs.

The controversy began when Prejean, 21, declared her opposition to same-sex marriage in a response to a question during the national pageant stage last month. She finished as runner-up to Miss USA.

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  1. David

    Please tell Donald Trump: The person who assigned judging duties for a female beauty pageant to person, who does not appreciate the beauty of women, should be fired.

    When a judge ask a question and gets the answer without understanding that he/she got the answer, that person should not be a judge. For example, when you ask for a personal opinion and get a personal opinion, it does not matter that the personal opinion does not agree with yours: you got what you asked for.

    Judges in any competition should be qualified to judge the event. The people who assign the judges need to be smarter than Rosie.

    Look at what picking Hilton as a judge has done!

    May 12, 2009 at 12:48 am |
  2. William Courtland

    So can we get a Lady America pagent already: one that omits those who have engaged in sensual intercourse with a partner. Two pagents then: one for Miss Lady America: and one for Mrs. Lady America for all those who might be married so to engage in said sensual and sexual activities and have it be all correct for public promotion.

    Miss (random State) how many different people have you had sensual/sexual relations with, beyond just kissing while fully clothed, in the past and why does that make you the best person to represent the United States in this manner?

    May 12, 2009 at 12:17 am |
  3. Manny

    Once again the a religious fanatic makes a fool out of herself and religion. What kind of stupid answer was that. Satan made that man ask her that question to tempt her. I thing she had to much of the Bush era behind that reasoning. But I have one question fir the beauty queen. Was God or Satan the one that gave her the go ahead and show your naked chest to the world. I just wonder what her response could be.

    May 11, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  4. Katie

    This is a boring issue not worthy of reporting by CNN.

    May 11, 2009 at 11:30 pm |
  5. joe smith

    If Donald Thrumpfires this lady for anything especially the Gay Comments then the Judge should be fired too as he spoke and flamed this lady to beyond professionaliam and this is one of those programs I will never support this again until he is.

    She might have made mistakes in the contests but so did that Judge and he got to be Gay to ask that question and slander her like that.

    May 11, 2009 at 10:59 pm |
  6. Patricia Behm

    I am so tired of hearing about Miss California. Who really cares what she thinks. She is 21 years old and only thinks about her body and how she looks. I switch channels everytime she comes on. There are so many more important subjects to talk about.

    You do a great job talking about President Obama and the things he is doing. He is trying to turn this Country around but this trivial stuff is really annoying. I know you have to report it, but let's not waste so much time on it.

    Keep up the good work you are doing but don't waste so much time on the trivial things. It really turns me off and then I turn you off.

    May 11, 2009 at 10:34 pm |
  7. Mike in NYC

    If she had come out in favor of gay marriage, and then decided to campaign for a group supporting it, then nothing that came afterward - the photos, the phone message, the ad campaign - would have made a dime's bit of difference. There would be no talk of her giving up her crown. Her message is "divisive" because it goes against prevailing views in the entertainment industry. If she had taken the opposite view on gay marriage, her views would have been called "uniting," "refreshing," "courageous," "(fill in the blank)." This whole situation stinks to high heaven.

    May 11, 2009 at 9:00 pm |
  8. Brandon from Ft. Worth

    Please take her crown. gay bashing one day will be looked upon as badly as rascism is looked upon now. She posed semi-nude got caught end of story.

    May 11, 2009 at 8:59 pm |
  9. Annie Kate

    Maybe we will see Trump give her another chance just like he gave that other beauty queen another chance (the one he and Rosie O'Donnell began their feud over). Miss California should have the same right to express her opinion as the rest of us have; we don't have to agree with it or even think that it matters. All of this furor over a beauty queen is ridiculous – lets get back to important news rather than powder puff stories like this one.

    May 11, 2009 at 7:55 pm |