Miss California Loses Her Crown

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Carrie Prejean lost her Miss California USA crown on Wednesday, according to an exclusive interview with Foxnews.com.

Prejean's termination comes despite pageant owner Donald Trump's support last month, when she was embroiled in a media frenzy over her pro-traditional marriage comments at the Miss USA Pageant.

Trump saved her crown then, but Wednesday, the real estate mogul issued a statement saying she was not fulfilling her duties as Miss California -- and that she was fired.

"I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California Organization and I gave her the opportunity to do so," Trump said in the statement. "Unfortunately it just doesn't look like it is going to happen."

After the April pageant, Prejean defended her answer to a politically-charged question during the Miss USA Pageant. Despite widespread criticism and attacks, she continued to defend her beliefs that marriage is between a man and a woman, and that gays and lesbians should not be able to marry in California.

Prejean's support of traditional marriage catapulted her to rock star status among conservative groups trying to defend marriage in California and across the United States.

As she continued making appearances defending her Christian beliefs, racy pictures of her were published online that some said were violations of her Miss California contract. That's when Trump stepped in and said Prejean would keep her crown.

Now that Prejean lost her crown, pageant officials say Tami Farrell, the first runner-up to Prejean in the Miss California USA competition, will take over those responsibilities.

Fox News cites an unnamed source who says Prejean has aspirations to write a book and pursue other opportunities, which she will be able to do now that she has been released from her duties as Miss California.

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