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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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31.

caliblueyesgirl    

Typical, send her to rehab, that will fix it. She is not even an addict, she is a young girl that partied a little hard. Yes, she shouldn't have being Miss America and all but c,mon, this is rediculous.... throw this whole competiton out the window. And I don't think it was a black thing either, get over it people.

2780 days ago
32.

in the know    

I believe Trump would have fired her in a second if he thought she did not deserve a 2nd chance. I believe people who are posting hate comments take joy in other people's misfortunes. I would love to see how you would feel if that was your sister or daughter. She is human just like you. If Trump felt enough compassion to give her a second chance who are you to judge her? She made serious mistakes and now she will accept it and move on. So should you.

2780 days ago
33.

Derrick    

What a shame, I do believe in second chances but when you are dealing with being a role model for the youth. No way. Mr. Trump what a joke. She should have been dismissed. I dont take these pageants serioulsy anymore. Look at that pageant and you will see she should not have one anymore up against Tamiko Nash,

2780 days ago
34.

Trixie    

This is the man who defended Paris Hilton as being smart and beautiful. How could he penalize Miss USA for doing what Hilton does every night of the week.

2780 days ago
35.

slightlysnide    

What is the big deal...It's not like she's performing brain surgery. She's opening up Car Dealerships in Ohio.

2780 days ago
36.

KiKi    

What a F***IN JOKE!!

This pageant represents nothing.

I will never watch THE MISS USA OR UNIVERSE PAGEANT AGAIN!

Donald Trump is a racist bastard who only cares about money. He doesnt care about morality or anything.

He is so going to HELL.

THIS IS BULLSH*T!

2780 days ago
37.

J    

A pretty face that walks around on stage...

It's not like we're talking about rocket scientists here.

2780 days ago
38.

Art Blumshack    

I think Tamiko Nash is a better role model for America's youth!! So she should be give the Miss USA title.. Yes everyone should have a second chance so Tara Conner should step aside and try again next year after she's finished with rehab.. Plus these pagents are a joke. Name at least two previous winners who have gone on to do something great for the benefit of the entire US???

2780 days ago
39.

KiKi    

I THINK THE MAJORITY OF YOU GUYS DOT UNDERSTAND

YOU HAVE TO SIGN A FREAKIN CONTRACT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HELLO!! THAT IS ONE OF THE RULES. YOU HAVE TO CONDUCT YOURSELF MORALLY.

THIS IS RACE ISSUE ALSO. HE RATHER SEE A DRUNK, LESBIAN WHORE REPRESENT THE PAGEANT INSTEAD OF A BLACK.

2780 days ago
40.

Ms Urban Legend    

1. By all means, please fall back from the "all you people ever do is pull the black card" debacle. If the runner up was Latina or of another ethnicity the similar arguement can be posed. 2. This is Donald Trump people, of course he's gonna build drama only to milk it. 3. Does it suck that this girl is still going to keep her title? Yup. Are there more deserving girls out there who can really use the scholarship and prizes while keeping their nose clean? Of course! You can always opt to not watch the pagent year after year, that's what most people do anyway.

2780 days ago
41.

Angel    

TO ALL THE AFRICAN AMERICANS PLAYING THE RACE CARD: knock that sh*t off, you're making the rest of us look stupid

TO ALL THE NON-AFRICANS WHO'VE COMMENTED ON THE RACE CARD: knock the sh*t off, you're making yourselves look stupid. Not all of us think everything is about race and those trying to say it is are just reaching for the attention you're giving them!

TO ALL THE REST OF THE (NON-IDIOT) POSTERS:
Come on guys! Trump just did this for publicity. He could have stopped her weeks ago but let it go. Then he waits a week to make a decision? Then he shocks everyone. This story will get media attention for weeks to come. If only Trump put that much effort into his hair...

2780 days ago
42.

Tired of It!    

To Panther: I knew someone out there would turn this into a BLACK ISSUE! It's people like you that make "HATE" still exist. Get over it! Your black! Stop playing that card! That was history - live in the now and move on! Ignorant, you are!

2780 days ago
43.

KiKi    

ITS NOT FAIR. SHE COULD HAVE STILL JUST STEPPED DOWN GRACEFULLY AND GOT INTO RE HAB.

UNDERAGE DRINKING ILLEGAL!!!!

2780 days ago
44.

Nancy Verne    

Who cares!!!

2780 days ago
45.

Simone    

What a joke this is. But in all fairness, he's giving her a second chance, and she has been humiliated by this public spectacle.

*** I didn't even know her name before all this crap happened. LOL!

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