After milking every ounce of publicity out of the hoopla around not firing Miss California, Carrie Prejean, last month for lying about having posed for nude photos, making bigoted remarks and consorting with the National Organization for Marriage, an anti-gay hate group, Donald Trump reversed himself and terminated Prejean today.
“To me she was the sweetest thing. Everyone else — she treated like shit,” Trump said.
Being a jerk is not necessarily a firing offense, even for beauty queens. Technically, Prejean was terminated for breach of contract:
“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,” the Miss California Organization said in a statement to Access Hollywood.
The group kicked the controversial beauty queen from her post due to “contract violations including Ms. Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization,” the pageant’s Executive Director, Keith Lewis, said in a statement…
“[It] has become abundantly clear that Carrie is unwilling to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together,” Lewis’ statement continued.
And the always classy Mr. Trump, who is famous for hosting a contest in which he fires someone every week, terminated Prejean the old fashioned way — in a letter. Stay classy, Don.
Before she received the letter, however, Prejean learned she’d been fired during a phone call with entertainment reporter Billy Bush:
“We’ve just found out from Keith Lewis, your executive director there, that it’s official, they have put out a statement and you have been fired,” Bush said.
“Well, that’s the first that I know about that, Billy,” Prejean said.
“Really?” he continued.
“Yeah. I was just talking to my lawyer and I just got a phone call from you and I’ve gotten some text messages saying ‘Hey, is this really true?’ and I said, ‘True about what?’ and they said, ‘That you’ve been fired.’ And I started to laugh because everyone’s been cooperating and everyone’s been getting along so well,” she said. “This is the first that I’ve heard of it. This is funny to me. I have no idea what’s going on.”