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Miss USA Dethroned?

12/14/2006 9:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Miss USATMZ has learned that officials from the Miss USA pageant will make a "major announcement" today and may strip reigning Miss USA Tara Conner of her title due to inappropriate behavior.

Sources tell TMZ that executives from the Miss USA organization and NBC (which broadcasts the pageant) met Tuesday to discuss Conner and alleged incidents of her inappropriate behavior, including her conduct at New York City bars. While no one from the pageant would comment on the rumored troubles, several sources tell TMZ that a big announcement is expected some time Thursday. According to these sources, officials are extremely unhappy with the current Miss USA's conduct in public.

Pageant rules say that if Connor is removed, first runner-up Miss California Tamiko Nash will assume the duties of Miss USA and complete the remainder of the beauty queen's reign. When TMZ contacted a rep for Nash, we were told they could "neither confirm nor deny" that she would be taking over the title.

Tara Connor: Click to watchTwenty-year-old Conner, who hails from Russell Springs, Kentucky, was crowned Miss USA in April of 2006. As part of her duties Connor often takes part in high profile media events. She recently boarded the Black Pearl for a "Pirates of the Caribbean" promotion in Baltimore.


UPDATE: Donald Trump, who owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, told CNN that "Reports that Miss USA is being 'dethroned' are absolutely not true." He then said that Conner is "going through some personal problems and difficulties right now which could affect her ability to reign. We are right now looking into what we can do to work with her and what we will do about her reign going forward."

UPDATE: The Miss USA Organization has issued the following statement: "Miss USA Tara Conner has not been dethroned. The Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Donald J. Trump will be evaluating her behavioral and personal issues to see what we can do to work with her, and what we will do about her reign going forward. Mr. Trump will make a determination and announcement within the coming week."

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Confused on the Photo    

Miss California got ripped that evening anyway. I am glad that she will take the crown, better late than never. I hope that the Donald will fork over all the same prizes to her that Tara received or pro-rate the money out for time served.
It seems Tara free ride is now back to the hills where she came from.

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Lenn K    

Cute little sh*t, but if you act like Britney's Bripack there might be problems.

2848 days ago
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Jo Blo    

Can't someone with REAL titties win?

2848 days ago
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KY girl    

First of all, where Tara is from is not the "hills". The mountains are in Eastern Kentucky and she is from South-Central Kentucky. Miss California did not get ripped and finally, this could be just another story...since it seems the first "report" about any of this. Don't judge this girl over one report. You also need to realize that New York City is a whole different world than where she came from (which by the way is a VERY dry area....no liquor sales for a LOT of miles!)

2848 days ago
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amy    

I would not want to be taking someone's place if I lost in the first place. I don't know what she did, so I am not commenting until I hear the whole story.

2848 days ago
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Jo Blo    

You'd think being a beauty queen and all, she'd know how to dye her f***ing roots. Lazy bitch.

2848 days ago
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Miss Scarlet    

Someone remind me never to name a child Tara....

2848 days ago
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duh...totally !    

yikes !

looks more like a Porn Queen than a Beauty Queen....

dirty !

2848 days ago
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Michael Swisher    

All of these "pagent winners" have skeletons lying in thier closets! Maybe some of Tara's are just escaping.

2848 days ago
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Jay    

She's like Britney, she's Kun-try.

Dethroning her would only help her career. She could appear in Playboy and be just like Vanessa Williams.

2848 days ago
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DoMe    

Where do I send her my address, I'm hornier than a 3 ball Tomcat.

2848 days ago
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Rita    

I think people need to get a life. So she was in bars and maybe acted inappropriately, she is however human and people make mistakes, why should she loose her crown and title over it. If every person in the world who did something wrong was punished publicly, then everyone would be loosing jobs. So what if she acted inappropriately at one time or another, has she not served honorably otherwise? Grow up people!!!!!!!

2848 days ago
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Stephen Gunter    

"So she was in bars and maybe acted inappropriately, she is however human and people make mistakes, why should she loose her crown and title over it."

Why? Because that's what the rules say. That's why. The same rules that she agreed to when she signed her name on the entry form. If you agree to be bound by the rules, then you must accept the penalty for breaching the rules. It really is that simple.

2848 days ago
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Seriously    

I'm trying to figure out why I should care about this. Wait, I don't.

2848 days ago
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Penny Wright    

Way to go Stephen Gunter!!! No one seems to be held accountable for their actions anymore!!!!

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