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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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Dee    

If Tara behaved inappropriately, then she will be responsible for those actions and I'm sure they will be addressed properly. However, the comments from morons linking her behavior to "being from the hills" are ridiculous. She is from south central Kentucky. As an eastern Kentucky native I resent remarks which allude to her reported behavior being directly connected with being raised in these beautiful mountains that I call home. These people have watched too many erroneous documentaries!

2787 days ago
32.

Joe    

Can they elaborate on these inappropriate incidents?

2787 days ago
33.

DiRTyBuNNy    

I wonder how long till she's taking Jackson's for lapdances?

2787 days ago
34.

Dan    

And women wonder why men look at them as sex objects... Act like like a slut and get treated like a slut! Pretty simple

2787 days ago
35.

My two cents    

Slow morning for TMZ AND out come the crazy people who read the story and then start posting nothing but garbage comments. I think a lot of the readers of this particular site have more problems than any given celebrity. Atleast I can come here for a good laugh..not at the stories, but at the bloggers. Talk about a bunch of friggen losers. You read any story here...ANY STORY, and then some of you have to pick apart the person who was written about. Have any of you looked in a mirror lately???

2787 days ago
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Tim from PSU    

So she had a good time, is that a crime? Aren't there worse things going on in our country than Miss USA flaunting her stuff? Isn't there a war going on somewhere...

2787 days ago
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christy    

Okay, she may be from Kentucky, but there is no reason to put the state down and say the, "hills" and "country folk". Yes we do have our fair share of country people just like any where else, but many of them are just good hardworking people. I am in college working towards my medical degree and I was born and raised in Kentucky and consider myslef just as qualified as any one from any other state. So please think before you make such ignorant comments about the state someone hails from.

2787 days ago
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NORMA    

#6 - ARE YOU MISS CALIFORNIA ? IF SO... I SURE WOULDN'T WANT YOU TO REPRESENT US AS THE NEW MISS U.S.A. WITH YOUR CHOICE OF WORDS AND POOR VERBAL LANGUAGE.

2787 days ago
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Robert Duncan O'Finioan    

get a life people. you guys have nothing better to do. i guess you stupid asses believe everything you read.

Posted at 10:28AM on Dec 14th 2006 by The a**hole
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Man,,,,get a grip, will ya?

2787 days ago
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Curiosity Killed the KAT ;-)    

Lauging @ YOU.... LOL

2787 days ago
41.

knobbie    

Ahhhhh, Kentuckys been sh*t since Daniel Boone died anyways.

2787 days ago
42.

amy    

#26, if it talks like a dick and walks like a dick, it must be a small dick. HAHA. I had to say it. Not all women should be treated like sex objects. Lady in the street but a and you know the rest, I am sure.

2787 days ago
43.

wendy    

It's on TMZ. I wouldn't believe it unless it's coming from the horse's mouth, and in this case the "horses mouth" is none other than Donald Trump. Just a rumor, girls.

2787 days ago
44.

Dan    

#28 #29

~yawn~

2787 days ago
45.

lalala    

Too bad, she's soooo cute!!! But whatever - if she's going to pull a Paris Hilton she should have waited until her reign was over. It's only ONE YEAR for heaven's sake!

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