June 10th, 2009
03:10 PM ET
BREAKING NEWS: This just in to Showbiz Tonight:
"The Miss California USA Organization, in conjunction with the Miss Universe Organization and with the blessing of its owner, Mr. Donald J. Trump, announced today the termination of Carrie Prejean as MISS CALIFORNIA USA® 2009, citing continued breach of contract issues. 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, stated MISS CALIFORNIA USA® Executive Director, Keith Lewis. After our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship. However, since that time it has become abundantly clear that Carrie is unwilling to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together.
“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,” said Mr. Trump. “Unfortunately it just doesn’t look like it is going to happen and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision. Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests.”
Effective immediately, First Runner-Up, Tami Farrell, will assume the role and responsibilities of MISS CALIFORNIA USA®. Additionally, the Miss Universe Organization will make reigning MISS USA®, Kristen Dalton, and MISS UNIVERSE®, Dayana Mendoza, available to fulfill appearance requests which were previously declined by Ms. Prejean."
Tune in to Showbiz Tonight for all of the fast breaking details on this developing story- 11pm Eastern and Pacific on HLN!
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