May 12, 2009
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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