The firing was with the blessing Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump, pageant officials tell ABCNews.com. "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," says 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."
Trump tells TMZ.com that Prejean "refused to appear at around 30 events" on behalf of Miss California USA. Runner-up Miss Malibu Tami Farrell will immediately assume the Miss California USA title.
Well, at least this gives Prejean more time to campaign against same-sex marriage.