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Trump Rule -- Hot Chicks Required in Miss USA

11/12/2009 12:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Carrie Prejean just accused Donald Trump of personally weeding out the ugly chicks from the Miss USA pageant -- and for once ... she's not entirely off base.

Donald Trump

TMZ obtained an audio tape recorded during the pre-show screening portion of the 2009 pageant, in which Trump can clearly be heard exercising "The Trump Rule" -- which guarantees a certain number of "beautiful" women will advance in the contest.

On the tape, Trump explains that when he "bought" the Miss USA pageant, "the most beautiful people were never chosen. And I went nuts." So, according to the audio, Trump implemented "The Trump Rule" -- in which he and his staff of "professionals" would select "almost half" of the women who would automatically make it into the first round of the contest.


On the tape, Trump can be heard asking certain contestants who they thought deserved to rank amongst the most beautiful, insisting "You know when you do this to somebody you make an eternal friend."

Miss Pennsylvania chose Miss Kansas ... Miss Oregon chose Miss Texas .. and it sounds like Miss California herself, Carrie Prejean, chose Miss New York ... although we're told she ultimately went with Miss Hawaii. Miss Massachusetts and Miss Ohio were also chosen.

The selected women were asked to stand in line, separate from the rest of the bunch. When Miss Ohio was chosen, she got in the wrong line ... and had to be redirected to the "beautiful" people.

Trump insists that the exercise didn't matter ... that it was just for "fun" -- and that certain women had already been selected to advance.

But here's the best part -- while holding the attention of a room full of hot chicks, Trump decided to pimp out his son Eric, telling the girls, "he's very handsome ... he's 6 foot 6 ... and he was number one in his class in school."

Donald Trump -- wingman of the year.

TMZ spoke with Trump, who tells us "That's why Miss Universe and Miss USA get such good ratings ... and that is why Miss America is off the air."
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46.

jay    

If I wanted to watch someone ugly and talented I'd watch Susan Boyle. I watch Miss America to see hot chicks. I don't care if their talent is jumping rope. I'd glad Trump is doing this so liberal women judged with armpit hair don't advance the mutts to the next round.

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47.

taz    

It is called a BEAUTY pageant. So if you are not beautiful, you have no reason to be there.
What part I Am missing here?

1715 days ago
48.

TheaM    

Trump is a waste of a protein-based life form, and Miss Bimbo California, Miss "I-Don't-Hate-Anyone-Except-Gays-and-Mean-People-and-Liberals-and-Media-People-Who-Ask-Hard-Questions-and-Everyone Else-Who-Doesn't-Worship-Me" can give up and go back to working at a Christian bookstore or whatever. No one cares. No one cares about how the pageant is run, and no one cares about her sour grapes opinion. Pageant contestants are all bimbos with no self esteem, or they'd find soemthing else to do with their lvies. And I agree with previous posts. Trump is probably looking for his next wife among the crop.

1715 days ago
49.

Mikee    

I will not even come back here and read everyone's comments. Look, its a beauty contest and PEOPLE are still patronizing it. If you got brains + beauty and you LOSE, its quite unfair BECAUSE we like to think that "real" beauty MUST have some brains. Unfortunately NOT.

Donald Trump? As long as we talk about him, he's still famous, and making a lot of money laughing all the way (and enjoying it) and leaving us argue about him (!). My, my.

PRETTY GIRLS ARE PRETTY GIRLS. This is not a quizz bee.

1715 days ago
50.

Tom Styles    

Those defending Trumps right... or not to choose the girls are MISSING THE POINT of just the past few days - on this thread... and everyplace else.

ALL you myopic Prejean haters... and the TV friends of Trump including Larry King and Barbara Walters on The View were skeptical of Prejeans claim in her book that this happened... saying Trump DENIED THIS HAPPENED... and that she was doing this to "sell a book".

NOW - TMZ gets the tape of what Prejean claimed was TRUE ALL ALONG.

Trump lied... pure and simple... and he's caught. So - all you who claim Prejean's book is full of lies... wise up.

... but you won't because blind hate knows no logic.

1715 days ago
51.

stan    

The SHOCK!!! This is outrageous... How dare they pick the most beutiful girls to do well in a beauty pageant? This is unheard of!!

1715 days ago
52.

capt. obvious    

In other news,

water is wet

and

fire is hot


duh!, beauty pageant means judging based on beauty.

1715 days ago
53.

Laughing    

Excuse me but earlier this week Trump call Prejean a liar when she first said this about him and all, including TMZ took that for gospel. Hmmmmmmm makes you wonder what else she is saying is true..... like Trump and the pageant people contacted all her old boyfriends offering money for dirt on her. Personally I absolutely believe that is true!

1715 days ago
54.

JLS    

Ahhhhhh, isn't it a BEAUTY contest? Get it, TMZ? This is NOT NEWS. Discussing their beauty or lack thereof is appropriate. Sheesh, how stupid.

1715 days ago
55.

uglybetty    

some day they will have an ugly pageant and everything will be fair.If you don't want to get your feelings hurt by not being judged as beautiful, then don't put yourself in the position to have someone cast the OPINION on you as to what or who is beautiful.

beauty pageants are one of the strangest events I have ever witnesses. It's just like going to a cattle auction. Although sometimes, the cow look more intelligent standing up there.

1715 days ago
56.

Somebody , shoot it! Quick!    

It is a beauty pagent.
I am PC politically correct,but the contestants MUST be supermodel of yesteryear looking of Cindy Crawford,Claduia Shiffer,Melania Trump beautiful.
Big deal. There is a certain look required: height,small long arms,noticeable boobs for the contestants but not jugs like D or DD,long hair,longnecks,wide eyes, sthin,but shapely,not aneroxia looking,etc. Can you fit nicely in a bikni?
What part of this do you not understand?

It is not called an average looking pagent.
It is called a beauty pagent.

Who still does not get it, well, look up the word
"beauty?"

1715 days ago
57.

PolarBear    

If you think that it's wrong to select attractive women for a beauty/talent contest, then go drink a gallon of drain cleaner.

1715 days ago
58.

Kat    

This doesn't really surprise me. We are talking about Mr. Trump who doesn't care if a woman can even talk so long as she is beautiful. He isn't exactly a dream boat himself. I just feel bad for the girls who were on the 'ugly' side. I wonder if they knew upfront that this would take place? I think these beauty pageants are completely demeaning to woman anyway. Didn't Miss America give out scholarships? That's what it should be about, instead of material prizes.

1715 days ago
59.

barry Gordy is genius    

TMZ, you are idiots. Complimenting his son in a room full of beautiful women doesn't constitute pimping. Get it right.

1715 days ago
60.

barry Gordy is genius    

Of course they pick pretty women. Maybe that's why it's called a BEAUTY CONTEST. Duh. TMZ, quit creating wars and controversy. In fact, if you don't like pretty babes, then DONT WATCH the MISS USA pageant. Period. As for the rest of us, we will continue to watch and google in awe of their amazing assets !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

God bless America ( and American Pie )

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