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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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46.

Dr. Dandy Dabblesworth    

Stephen Gunter for Vice President in '08!

Guiliani-Gunter '08!

That's all I have to say about that.

2685 days ago
47.

dennis    

Sounds like a lot of people WISH they were her... grow up you dumbashes... BFD she went to a bar and had too many or whatever. I'm sure all the people commenting on here have done a lot worse... I hate dumb ppl... must be liberals.

2685 days ago
48.

R. U. Seriou    

Am I really supposed to worry about the behavior of a beauty queen?

The truth is this is a non-story and the pageants have become a joke.

2685 days ago
49.

Dan    

# 37 Truth hurts huh?

2685 days ago
50.

Larry    

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

I absolutely agree with that statement.

As far as rules go...it seems by today's standards rules are for everyone else.

2685 days ago
51.

adam    

How about keeping real issues at the forefront of our minds. Like our men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan dying for this country, how about the countless homeless that won't even get a hot meal this holiday season. I say let's start caring about things that matter. Who gets stripped from their Miss USA crown is really unimportant don't you think?

2685 days ago
52.

Kristi    

Right on Rita! I totally agree. If everyones embarressments were publicly resolved maybe people wouldn't be so judgmental.

2685 days ago
53.

Robert Duncan O'Finioan    

How about keeping real issues at the forefront of our minds. Like our men and women over in Iraq and Afghanistan dying for this country
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Please!!! Their dying for their government!! NOT american freedom!
The homeless issue I agree with you.
www.wintersteel.com/RobertDuncanOFinioan.html

2685 days ago
54.

Keith Ebert    

Have any of you ever regretted the way you acted in a bar? Recently maybe?
Who's got the first stone?
Merry Christmas!

2685 days ago
55.

christina    

I concur Laughing at all of YOU.

2685 days ago
56.

amy    

#26, what are you reading??

2685 days ago
57.

SMASH    

this is a celebrity gossip website #47. if you wanted to keep iraqi issues at the forefront what are u doing HERE?? and COMMENTING??? ...... im just sayin!!!

2685 days ago
58.

dom muscella    

I AGREE WITH # 6 AND # 12 WAIT TILL THE WHOLE STORY COMES OUT
BEFORE WE BLAST THEM AND THESE YOUNG CHIPPIES KNOW THE RULES WHEN THEY FILL OUT THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR ENTRIES....SO ( DUH )
FOLLOW THE RULES OR LOSE YOUR TITLE......THAT'S IT SWEET

2685 days ago
59.

amy    

#40 Norma-

I Am an educated women. I am not saying anything bad about Miss Cali except that it would suck to win when the actual Miss USA gets dethroned. O.K. I must have hit a soft spot. Calm down. Take a deep breath and get the stick out your ass.

2685 days ago
60.

AMT    

#40- Do you actually think Miss California is on TMZ making nasty comments about a former competitor? Please!!! Use your brain.

2685 days ago
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