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Trump: Tara NOT Fired, Will Enter Rehab

12/19/2006 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Donald the Forgiving?

In a move that shocked anyone who has ever seen "The Apprentice," including Tara Conner, Donald Trump announced Tuesday morning that he will not fire the embattled Miss USA, despite allegations of drug use, underage drinking and sexual misconduct.

"She's agreed to go into rehab. She knows that if she makes even the slightest mistake from here on, she will be immediately replaced," said Trump. The carefully coifed billionaire explained that he will use Conner as a role model. "I believe she can do a tremendous service to young people."

Fighting back tears, and with her voice shaking, Conner thanked Trump for the pardon saying, "In no way did I think it would be possible for a second chance to be given to me." She then went on to shower the Donald in compliments; "I've had a very big blessing bestowed on me. It truly takes someone with a wonderful heart, a heart of gold and a blessed soul."

Midway through the press conference, Conner briefly ran offstage and donned her Miss USA sash, proving that she's keeping her crown.

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BMJ    

you have got to be kidding me! what kind of an example is the pagent setting with a underage miss usa in rehab!

2833 days ago
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From the HUMAN RACE....    

What a crybaby....so fake, with her whiny minnie mouse impression. have some dignity.

2833 days ago
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michele    

He didn't want a black Miss USA.

2833 days ago
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Me    

The example it shows is, if you get the help you need - you can still succeed. We all deserve second chances.

2833 days ago
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Me    

Do NOT play the black card. Enough of that NONSENSE!

2833 days ago
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Ventura    

Way to milk that publicity, Donald. No wonder you're the world's highest paid shill.

2833 days ago
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CHARGERS TILL THE END    

OMG WHAT KIND OF EXPAMPLE IS THE DONALD SHOWING THE AMERICAN YOUTH???????? GET A GRIP THIS IS JUST TO SHOW YOU AMERICA THAT U STILL CAN MAJORLY F*** UP AND YOU STILL RETAIN UR CROWN..SAD!

2833 days ago
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jt    

its a good decision--everyone deserves a second chance. besides, she's miss USA--what did people think she was doing in her spare time? reading proust?

2833 days ago
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Jen    

poor tamiko. she deserved this one. ms usa in rehab - what an unbelievable example of a role model. trump really BLEW this one.

2833 days ago
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Niki    

The first runner up would not have been much better in my opinion. E! followed her as she prepared for the Miss USA pageant, and after placing as first runner up. She was not a gracious loser and was in fact rude and made snide comments. Doesn't really matter though because Miss USA girls are usually the ones that can't cut it in the Miss America prelims.

2833 days ago
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Chris    

I agree! Everyone goes through personal problems and if Tara seriously gets the helps she needs and steps out as a reformed person, she has the opportunity to be a role model for young girls who need help. It's about time that Miss USA wasn't flawless, it helps to knock downt he notion that she is "perfect"....and it saves her from having to pose for trashy Penthouse (a move I think she NEVER would have done)....cut her some slack and let's all hope she gets better!

2833 days ago
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harmony    

I CANT BELIEVE THIS SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2833 days ago
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Laurie R    

i'm glad trump gave her a second chance. she is beautiful and it's been proven, time and again, that the world is much kinder to those who are so attractive....it's just a fact of life. everyone loves someone who repents, hopefully she won't blow this chance.
the only thing i want to know is OMG, what will farrah say??? :-)

2833 days ago
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Beth    

That is the biggest load of bs that I've ever seen or heard. What kind of example is THAT setting....oh, don't worry, you have a coke problem Miss USA? Go to rehab and all will be okay......

2833 days ago
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poponthepop.com    

Donald's a poser!

Not only did he not want a black Miss USA, but he just wants to look good and gain ratings for his horrible show, The Apprentice.

He's such a cocky fug face.

2833 days ago
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