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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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61.

Tom    

I feel sorry for this kid from the boonies thrust into the glamor and addictive nightlife of NYC. Obviously, she had great 'role-models' to inspire her to her addictive ways - 'porno-flicker' heiress Hilton, 'crotch-exposing' Spears, 'fire-crotch-exposing' Lohan and the list goes on. If these underagers can be served at legal clubs why not Tara. This is America - we live by different rules for the common person on the street and the celebs. If the public and private club owners regulate and self-police themselves and their clientèle such incidents would not be recurring.

2762 days ago
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Phoenix Guy    

Donald Trump is a pimp. Did you see the way Tara Conner acted in that press conference? She looked like a train wreck, just like Anna Nicole Smith. The only reason Trump didn't fire Tara is because he doesn't want a black Miss USA. Tara Conner is Kentucky trailer trash and a boozing dyke.

2762 days ago
63.

hohum    

Q: What do you call a slut who becomes Miss USA?

A: A slut.

2762 days ago
64.

Rhonda    

I think It was a good decision. Lets not forget Donald is very smart, look at how successful he is. He is a good judge of character. It has nothing to do with race. Thats just another excuse for black pepole to cry. Poor Poor black pepole. Get over it.

2762 days ago
65.

Hayley    

The right decision was made. Tara Conner is only 20 years old. People make mistakes. To all of you who said this happened because Tamiko Nash is black - GET A LIFE LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2762 days ago
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mildred    

I think donald did a great service to all young people, and to all people with addiction problems. He showed to the world that he atleast is willing to give a person with an addiction problem a second chance, so long as they are serious and willing to better themselves.. kudo's to donald and most importantly TARA!

2762 days ago
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Phoenix Guy    

Tara Conner can make millions by being the next Jenna Jameson. And that's not meant to be a compliment. E-mail me at andycyber@aim.com and tell me what you think.

2762 days ago
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Ani Abdul    

Everybody deserves a second chance. Miss USA, Tara Conner, is a human being too. It's hard to be perfect. She made a mistake. All of us do. But the challenge for her is to learn from her mistakes & become a real role model for young, beautiful girls aspiring to be Miss USA. I'm sure she'll do a great job from now on. I wish her all the best!

2762 days ago
69.

Michelle LL    

It's OK lil' Debby ou can do coke and lil' Timmy you can go and get yourself a STD, but just once you understand.

2762 days ago
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Phoenix Guy    

Tara Conner is more proof that lesbians and bisexual women are mentally ill and need help. They can be saved by putting them in the same room with three men.

2762 days ago
71.

duh...totally !    

all of this crap is just that...CRAP......

these Pageants are just as stupid and annoying as Paris Hilton going to Hyde or Nicole Ritchie eatting a French Fry....


while we are bothering with worthless pieces of sh*t like these girls....Osama is planning his next attack ! How dumb do we Americans look to the rest of the World right now????????????

give me a damn break !

2762 days ago
72.

Matt    

Boy TMZ must have some great sources - they really nailed this one. lol

2762 days ago
73.

Lisa    

I think Donald is getting alot of publicity out of this and he wants to drag it on as long as he can. He is such a publicity whore it's laughable! He does not care about her well being, he saw a chance to get back into the limelight and capitalized on it. He knows exactly what he is doing, we are talking about him.

Very smart way indeed. He may want school Britney on how to get the "right" publicity.

2762 days ago
74.

DonTay    

First off, I am tired of the black people playing the race card. If you had any skills and bothered to acquire any education, you would realize that you are your own worst enemy. Each time you place the "race" card, you do nothing but make non-blacks dislike you more. This is not about race and I for one am sick and tired or "race" cards being used when it is convenient. Those who use the "race" card use it as an excuse for failure. Stand up and be proud of your heritage.

With regards to Trump's decision, I think he gave her a second chance to turn her life around. All of us make mistakes in life and so does Miss America. She is no different. Should we go around terminating all those who make mistakes in life? I don't think so. Yes, she is quite attractive but I would expect nothing else. The runner-up is quite the looker also and she would have made a fine Miss USA; however, she came in number two in the contest. I suppose the contest was rigged if you ask those who play the "race" card, huh? Get over it, a white girl from Kentucky won...big deal. Be happy she has all of her teeth and is not engaged to her first cousin.

2762 days ago
75.

kiki    

she doesnt deserve a 2nd chance, she should have thought about her title and role before she snorted all that cocain, which had to be a lot if she failed the drug test. what a whore! im sure she turned a few tricks to get her fix!

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