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Ex-Miss America

Producer Moved My Seat

Because I'm Black

1/17/2013 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Miss America
2004 Ericka Dunlap is DEMANDING an apology from the beauty pageant organization -- claiming a racist producer moved her from a prime seat during the competition last weekend because she's black ... but the fact is, she was sitting in a no-Miss America zone.

Dunlap -- the first black woman to win Miss Florida in 2003 -- tells TMZ, "I was sitting there on the aisle, and during the first commercial break during top 15 announcement, a producer came up to me and said, 'Get out of that seat. I need the seat. I don’t give a f**k who you are. Get out of the f**king seat.'"

Dunlap says she refused to move because of the producer's tone, telling us, "I was spoken to as if I didn't matter. If I were any other Miss America, I would have never been spoken to like that. But I'm the only black one who comes back."

Dunlap says an assistant producer eventually came over and helped the first producer physically remove her from her seat -- "I was mortified." Dunlap says she was eventually relocated.

Dunlap doesn't plan to sue, but says she's still waiting for the organization or the producer to apologize for the way she was treated.

A rep for the Miss America organization says Dunlap's story is nonsense -- telling us, "During the night of the telecast, Ericka was unhappy with her seat, and she chose to move to a camera blocked seat that was reserved for the parents of our contestants."

The rep adds, "At the top of the show, the stage manager asked her to move to seat the contestant's parents, and she refused to move. She subsequently was offered a better seat, however she refused it. It was strictly a television production issue."

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cowbulls    

This country elected a man it knew nothing about just because he was black. The country has a black Attorney General and finally re-elected a totally incompetent Communist because he was black. Apparently that isn’t enough. Racism is totally in the mind of the black community and they need to get over it.

641 days ago
317.

diane    

Racist a**hole. So tired of hearing this excuse

641 days ago
318.

CAT187    

Her 15 min are up ....so have a seat in the back boo boo !!!!!!

641 days ago
319.

fifi    

What a rude, entitled, piece of sh!t b!tch! She's too stupid to be embarrassed. i am embarrassed for her. There is actual racism, sexism & ageism going on out there - why not take up a real cause?

641 days ago
320.

Ami Woods    

Cookoo.

636 days ago
321.

Uneed2knodis    

Racism transcends beauty, money, power, etc. What does a person gain from hating others because of their race? It's ignorant, stupid, ugly,

629 days ago
322.

Uneed2knodis    

I will suggest 2 all BLACK women 2 pray b cause it is going 2 get worse. We've seen nothing yet.

629 days ago
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Matthew    

I am so tired of the freaking race card being played every two Damn seconds..... hell, maybe he did move her because she is black and smelt like a typical baboon. Maybe the humans that were forced to sit next to that thing were complaining

611 days ago
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