May 12, 2009

Donald Trump to get final say today in Miss CA's future

Posted: 09:05 AM ET

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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Dave of Detroit   May 12th, 2009 9:41 am ET

Don-How about a final say in whether or not Perez Hilton will continue to be a part of Trump Enterprises?

Roberta Liford   May 12th, 2009 10:10 am ET

If a person in a pageant is supposed to represent the state or the U.S., she should be able to express herself in an articulate and intelligent way besides being beautiful. So –It wasn't her opinion that she was against gay marriage - it's the way she said it! Doesn't anyone get that? Besides being inarticulate, her remarks reminded me of that other "such as" dodo from last year. An intelligent, well thought out expression of one's opinion, no matter what, would not have created such a uproar. Something like: While I believe that committed same sex couples should have some of the rights of marriage "such as" the right to make hospital visits and medical decisions in a crisis, I believe marriage should be between a man and a woman" period. Her supercilious attitude with the "in my family" and "I was raised" stuff and her whole clumsy message is what I believe caused her loss of the crown and had most of us in a tizzy, not the fact that she's against gay marriage itself.

No Rose   May 12th, 2009 10:33 am ET

This whole thing has gotten out of hand, now the Donald is going to swoop in for the rescue. So Larry are you going to have Carrie on your show, or Perez Hilton? Don't give Perez Hilton any air time, he is nothing but a fool with a big head. But I forgot you like having fools with big heads on your show, you are having George and Cindy Anthony on your show tomorrow. Your integrity is really going down hill fast.

Gypsy DD   May 12th, 2009 10:51 am ET

Should we even have beauty pageants anymore? Aren't they just a little outdated? I think it is clear she broke the rules and now needs to pay for her mistake.

Speaking of paying for mistakes..Larry are you and your sponsors ready for the boycott if you continue with another outdated idea..having the Anthony's on your show so they can use it for The Alibi Tour?

Dave of Detroit   May 12th, 2009 11:15 am ET

Catchy song Dave-if you aren't careful, you are going to develope a sense of humor and be really dangerous. We could add the Teensy Weensie Spider song to California Wildfires that occur every year with out any precautionary Firebreaks and natural formations like rock quarries and man made lakes ever being cut, people continuing to live in areas that are below sea level that are prone to Hurricanes and rivers that flood on a seasonal basis.... Incidentally, Russia is going to be hit with Wormwood, 2/3 of the world's population will die, and every plague and catastrophy known to man will take place at Armageddon-not exactly a winning scenario!

Dogs Rule   May 12th, 2009 11:17 am ET

Almost everyone deserves a second chance. Apparently this young woman has straightened out her life.

Speaking of second chances, Larry why don't you read the online statement that Cindy posted during the time between last seeing Caylee and then finding out on July 15, 2008 that Casey had killed her.
Cindy says that she gave Casey many chances to no avail. Now, Cindy and George are trying to give Casey the chance to get away with murder by going on tour like rock stars to protest her innocence and by the way, don't mind if you send them some moolah.

They have no chance of ever getting Casey out of jail free and they have little chance of receiving money from the public and you should be ashamed of giving them the chance to once again try to hoodwink the viewing public.

Guesswho?   May 12th, 2009 11:21 am ET

Here's a story that just needs to die.

debbie   May 12th, 2009 11:36 am ET

They took Vanessa Williams crown away so they should take Miss California's too. Donald Trump will excuse what she did just like he did the other girl. Vanessa Williams should of never lost her crown if the white women are giving excuses. Miss California has done worse and broke every rule so she should lose her crown. Fair is fair but Trump sees blonde and not reason. I can't wait to hear his excuses why she should keep her title.

Noreen Rose   May 12th, 2009 11:39 am ET

She deserves a second chance. It is unfortunate that second chances are granted to the Anthony's. In fact since the Anthony's have changed their story numerous times, are on a media blitz to show what a good daughter they have, and are being granted a platform yet again by CNN and Larry King I am physically ill. Shame on Larry and CNN for granting air time when there are so many missing children whose families have done nothing but co-operated with Law enforcement and desperately wish to find their children.

No Rose   May 12th, 2009 12:01 pm ET

Okay, Donald has spoken, Carrie is keeping her crown, and Carrie has spoken, can this nonsense story die now? That includes you Perez Hilton, you have some deep rooted mental issues with the toplc of gay marriage, do yourself and everyone else a favor and get some medical help, you'll thank me for it latter. Thanks. And Larry do yourself a favor and don't have the Anthonys on your show, they just need to shut up and disappear. Thanks.

No Rose   May 12th, 2009 12:08 pm ET

I have a suggestion Larry and staff, since one is compelled to make this Miss California a bigger story than it deserves, why not have Carrie and Donald on your show tomorrow night, instead of the Anthonys. And to make it memorable have Perez Hilton on also, and let the fireworks begin. Thanks

trimm   May 12th, 2009 12:30 pm ET

Goody Donald has made his decision.Perez,....well I think you know know what you can do!

By the way Larry,how about that Anthony interview?Is it canceled yet?
There is still time to make the right decision.Cancel.
Please just say no to the Anthonys.

Cecybeans   May 12th, 2009 12:33 pm ET

A beauty queen title is not a license to be a talking head on political and religious issues. They are paid to be a spokesperson for the organization who bestowed the title, not represent their own controversial personal agendas.

And speaking of personal platforms, enough already with those opportunistic Anthonys who have made a burlesque out of their poor murdered granddaughter, passing her off as a missing child and profiting from the charade. Their continued appearance on national TV to advocate for their indicted daughter, in the guise of concern for Caylee, is an insult to the parents of missing children everywhere and an affront to civilized sensibilities.

Robert   May 12th, 2009 2:45 pm ET

Carrie has decided to keep her crown, and it’s her absolute right to keep the crown. American, who believes in family, supports her bold decision. This issue has gone beyond its limits, and must stop. Perez Hilton has got a mental problem, he must see a doctor, at the same time should be punished because of his stupid question.

Noreen Rose   May 12th, 2009 4:13 pm ET

At least Carrie and Donald stand behind their morality. Which is more than I can say about Larry and CNN having the Anthony's on tomorrow. When is CNN going to realize that with the internet now you can tell millions about how they refuse to stand behind a murdered child all in the name of ratings.

Glo   May 12th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

I admired Donald Trump earlier when he started the initial Apprentice. However, recently I have decided he is a phony. As was stated earlier on the news today, he fires people right and left for lying, insubordination, etc. etc. But when it comes to pretty girls, he melts and doesn't stand for anything. I think he needs to continue his good judgment in the business world but needs to stay off TV. He is losing his reputation all because of the girls. His ego is getting out of control. Ultimately, this Miss California thing is irrelevant anyway. Who cares!

Rose   May 12th, 2009 5:03 pm ET

If Trump and Carrie Prejean do something that you agree with, it doesn't mean they stand behind their morality. It means they agree with your bias toward this specific situation. Prejean has exploited and sexualized herself (not very Christian) and hypocritically presents herself as the beacon of morality, her supporters cry "freedom of speech". Trump's "morality" or lack of, is well documented and no further comment is required here. By him calling Rosie O'Donnell "fat and ugly" for her appearance (regardless of what issues he had with her), sets a very low bar and reflects how much he objectifies women. Trump and Prejean are two peas in a putrified pod.

Rose   May 12th, 2009 5:16 pm ET

Donald Trump is, above all things, a business man. It is not in his best interest to let controversy linger. That's why he let last year's Miss USA (regardless of drug and alcohol problems) keep her title. He is doing the same this year with Miss California – although there is evidence that she broke the terms of her contract re: special interest group and her unavailability to fulfill her duties. He doesn't want issues to cloud his other major money making events such as his upcoming Miss Universe contest (which he owns). Gain is the motivator, its obvious.

Mari, Utah   May 12th, 2009 7:59 pm ET

I was taught that "if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing" ! I have nothing nice to say about Trump.

LindaG   May 13th, 2009 10:56 pm ET

I don't think Christians belong in beauty pageants, logically. I wouldn't go in one, back in my early years. I knew that was not my thing. I was asked a few times. I never thought of myself as a beauty anyway, and I am not really. So, you dance with fire and you have to get to burned, but she is famous. Perhaps the payoff will be worth it. At least she didn't cave in and give a trite answer. That was interesting. We all stumble along, a lot, and try to figure out life. It's never easy. I was watching this show on TV and gringed. Donald Trump is a business guy who wants to be rich and important. Enough said about him. We all know his priorities. Mine are a little more different.

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