Carrie Prejean has been embroiled in controversy since she opposed same-sex marriage at the Miss USA Pageant earlier this year, and even after Donald Trump announced a month ago that she could keep her Miss California crown despite numerous contract breaches he gave his "blessing" for state pageant officials to strip her of her sash on Wednesday.
The 22-year-old was not informed of her termination until it hit the press on Wednesday morning and was very shocked over the decision. According to insiders, Prejean had developed a strong relationship with Donald Trump and had been in regular contact with him since the press conference in May thus was surprised he gave the green light to have coveted crown taken away.
"I am in shock that K2 Productions and the Miss California USA Pageant have taken the steps to fire Carrie Prejean today. The claim that she has an unauthorized book contract is false. She does not. The claim that she is refusing to appear is false. Carrie has been in constant contact with pageant officials seeking to fulfill her obligations," Prejean's attorney Charles LiMandri told Tarts in a statement on Wednesday.
"I have emails in my possession tied to the pageant organization as recently as last Friday citing future appearance requests for Carrie. She represented the Pageant in Las Vegas the weekend before last, and is scheduled to appear at a Special Olympics event this weekend in California, a cause dear to her heart. Everyone has been pleased with her appearances and excited to see her. If you need any further evidence of who is in bad faith: A radio host, Billy Bush says he is the person who informed Carrie she was fired. What kind of employer alerts the media before they speak to their employee?"
Even though Prejean is no longer the reigning Miss California, she is still welcome as a presenter at the Special Olympics.
"Carrie Prejean had indicated that she wanted to come as a volunteer during our Summer Games weekend. Part of the volunteer duties included presenting medals at one of our venues," a spokeswoman for the Olympics said. "We have not spoken with Carrie to confirm her attendance; however, since she has been a long-time volunteer with Special Olympics we would still welcome her participation."
However Pop Tarts has learned that this isn’t the first time Prejean has been given the flick. Her former agent, Francine Champagne at Visions Model Management Los Angeles, released Carrie from her contract just over a year ago under claims she was "problematic."
"It gets a little sticky and there are so many things that I would rather not discuss but there are certain specifications that we have to be a model and she was not keeping her commitment," Champagne told Tarts. "I just felt like she was a little nutty and I'd rather not represent someone with that mind frame and I just think she is a problem, and I did not feel that she was of the utmost professionalism and she did not follow through on her side of the bargain so therefore we decided to cut our losses and let her go."
Champagne also said that Prejean failed to act her age.
"She's definitely a handful, she needs a lot of attention, she is a little bit bossy, her mother gets involved whereas she's an adult, and she doesn't need her mom to be calling us. At this point in time, we're a professional agency that deals with professionals and if they are under 18, absolutely we deal with the parents, but once they're 18 or over, we should be dealing directly with talent, not with their parents," Champagne added. "She definitely had the potential to work well, she's a very beautiful girl, but her personality and her uptightness gets in the way and it’s definitely a personality conflict with this business and her. She will not really bode well in this industry because she is too controlling and uptight and bossy. There are a lot of issues there with her and she's not really an easy person to get along with."
Carrie did not respond to a request for comment.
Former Miss USA turned reality starlet turned Miss California Co-Executive Director Shanna Moakler promptly resigned from her position after Donald Trump announced that Carrie Prejean could stay on as Miss California, stating that she could no longer "move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization" when she no longer believed in it or the contracts she signed.
However Moakler was quick to Twitter her change of heart on Wednesday following the news that Prejean was dethroned.
"My faith has been restored in MUO and with Donald Trump. I truly believed eventually what I intimately knew, would come to fruition," she twittered. "At 16 and 19 I signed these same contracts, as well as thousands of other woman, we ALL lived up to them, none of us had them amended. This is fair."
According to an inside source, Moakler may return to her role as the state pageant director alongside Keith Lewis now that Prejean has been replaced by her first runner-up, Miss Malibu Tami Farrell.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who was a Miss USA judge and was the one who asked the former Miss California the controversial question about same-sex marriage, also gave his nod of approval.
"Better late than never!" he exclaimed in an email to Pop Tarts.
However the National Organization for Marriage, which ran a PSA featuring Prejean’s answer to Perez Hilton’s same-sex marriage question, "Hollywood" had a vendetta against the beauty queen and wanted too see her fall in any circumstance.
"Hollywood hates Carrie. First they abuse her, then they try to get her to recant, then they threw mud, and now they are doing what they wanted to do from day one: Get rid of Carrie," said Brian Brown, Executive Director for NOM. "This cover story about a contract dispute doesn’t pass the smell test. Americans aren’t fooled that easily. God knows, and we know, the truth about Carrie: She’s a young woman of great beauty who chose truth over the glittering tiara that Hollywood offers. Of course they will try to punish her, but we know she will be fine in the end, because her values are in the right place."
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