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Miss America Pageant Chief: WE Would Have Respected Carrie Prejean for Having an Opinion

Sounds like there’s a catfight dogfight brewing between Miss USA and Miss America.

The chairman of the board of the latter tells us that had embattled Miss USA 2009 runner-up Carrie Prejean been a contestant in his pageant, she would not have been “persecuted.”

CAPTION: “I feel sorry for her because she had an opinion and she tried to express her opinion and she was grilled for it,” Sam (above, with wife Mary) tells us of Carrie.

“I feel sorry for her because she had an opinion and she tried to express her opinion and she was grilled for it,” Sam (above, with HIS beauty queen, wife Mary) tells us of Carrie.

On April 19, during NBC’s live broad- cast of the 58th annual Miss USA ceremony, one of the pageant judges, Perez Hilton, asked Carrie if she believed that every U.S. state should legalize same-sex marriage.

“In my country, in my family, I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, no offense to anybody out there,” said Miss California, who was ultimately voted runner-up.

Perez slammed that answer as “the worst in pageant history,” later telling ABC News that it cost Carrie, who turns 22 today, the crown.

Amid the media firestorm the ensured, the former model claimed that Miss California USA officials leaned on her to apologize, after telling her, “You need to not talk about your faith.”

Two weeks after the beauty queen’s gay-nups pan, semi-nude pics of her, taken when she was 17, found their way onto the Internet.  In turn, speculation built that she’d be stripped of her Miss California title.

"It was not a big deal," Donald (left, with Carrie), said of his contestant's topless snaps. (Photo: ABC News)

"It was not a big deal," Donald (left, with Carrie), said of his contestant's controversial topless snaps. (Photo: ABC News)

Yesterday, how- ever, Miss USA owner Donald Trump held a press conference to announce that Carrie will keep her crown.

But he also took a swipe at his com- petition, the 88- year-old Miss America pageant, telling Good Morning America that asking Miss USA contestants tough questions has kept the event relevant – while Miss America has been relegated to cable TV.

“Miss America’s gone-zo, and we’re doing phenomenally,” The Donald told the morning show.

This week on BlogTalkRadio’s Mr. Media, Miss America chief, and former worldwide head of television for the William Morris Agency, Sam Haskell discusses the Miss USA controversy with host Bob Andelman.

Promises I Made cover“In the Miss America system, we encourage our young women to have an opinion and if a Miss America contestant had had that opinion on national television, none of our judges would have ever come out against her,” he says.

“None of them would have ever gone on a blog and talked about it to bring all this negative attention. They would have respected her as we ask them to for having an opinion,” adds Sam, whose wife, Mary Donnelly Haskell, is a form- er Miss Mississippi, and whose new memoir is titled Promises I Made My Mother.

“The only way a Miss America contestant can lose points is if she has no opinion. We want them to have opinions. We want them to be who they are. And they will not be persecuted.”

To hear Sam’s full interview, click here.


It’s a Disastrous Edition of ‘The Mix’!

Odd as it may sound to tout any show as disastrous, we’re sticking by that assessment of this week’s Daily Mix – while also promising that you’re gonna love it even more than usual.

How come?

“He was suckling on his mother’s breast at the time,” Gil quips of Michael Hinman when the Sy-Fy Radio host says “Buck Rogers” aired long ago.

“He was suckling on his mother’s breast at the time!” Gil quips of Michael Hinman when the "SyFy Radio" host implies that late-'70s hit "Buck Rogers" aired long ago.

Because it answers such all-important questions as:

—What kind of natural disaster prompted Hannah Montana star Romi Dames – while live on BlogTalkRadio – to shriek, “Oh my gosh!” and ditch the topic at hand, for fear her apartment complex was in danger.

—Why – despite surviving leukemia – Sex and the City star Evan Handler can’t bring himself to use the word “survivor” when talking about his near- disastrous prognosis.

—How Jerry Lewis helped Martin Scorsese’s longtime film editor, Thelma Schoonmaker, evade disaster in the cutting room.

—Why it’s not a good idea to insinuate that Buck Rogers in the 25th Century star Gil Gerard (above) is over the hill at the tender age of 65.

—What promise “Queen of all Media” Perez Hilton made to Access New York with Amber & Kelly listeners – only to take it back seconds later.

—Why budding pop star Kevin Rudolph doesn’t care one iota whether or not fans can find his pic on the Internet.

So don’t miss The Mix, hosted by everyone’s favorite pod jockey, Shaun Daily, tonight – and every Monday – at 9 p.m. ET!

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Perez Hilton Dishes with Amber and Kelly!

In their quest to keep their scores of BlogTalkRadio listeners informed of all the latest A-lister dish, Amber Lee Ettinger and Kelly Brady welcome one of the gossip world’s most famous faces. Tonight on Access New York, the delicious duo chat with Perez Hilton.

Co-author of Red Carpet Suicide: A Survival Guide on Keeping up with the Hiltons, Perez tells Amber and Kelly why his new book “comes with a money-back guarantee”—and which celebs he loves most.

Perez:

Perez: BFF (or just MF)?

Perez’s co-author, Life & Style News Editor Jared Shapiro, also joins the show to go behind the headlines of the new issue – which include Britney Spears, Jessica Alba and Halle Berry’s post-partum weight loss, and John Travolta’s tragic loss of his son Jett.

Billed as “the book celebrities have been looking forward to as much as their next DUI,” Red Carpet Suicide details how wannabe-celebs can follow in the footsteps of their favorite bold-faced names (or at least have a few laughs trying).

Amber and Kelly (did we agree to dub them “AmKel” yet?) have also got their trademark club report queued up.

This week’s pick?  Haven—whose clientele include Paris “I Need No Survival Guide” Hilton and the cast of the controversial series CW series Gossip Girl (which —c’mon —you know you love).

The midtown Manhattan hotspot, says CitySearch, is “enchanting . . . like the fantasy living room of a well-traveled friend, complete with trinkets from abroad.”

Access New York with Amber & Kelly airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. ET on BlogTalkRadio. To listen, click here.