Carrie Prejean

Carrie Prejean

It's official: controversial Miss California Carrie Prejean has heard the words "you're fired" from the pageant's grand poobah, Donald Trump.

Trump issued a statement Wednesday saying he sacked Prejean, a San Diego County native, for failing to honor her commitments as Miss California USA. Pageant officials said her "unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization'' led to the decision.

Tami Farrell, the first runner-up to Prejean in the Miss California USA competition will take over those responsibilities, officials said.

Prejean created controversy during the Miss USA competition, where she was first runner-up, when she answered a judge's question about gay marriage by saying marriage should be reserved for men and women.

Shortly after that, partially nude photos of Prejean were posted on the Internet, raising questions about whether she had violated the terms of her contract with the Miss California USA Organization.

Trump said last month he was not bothered by the photos, saying were "fine,'' and noting that some were even "beautiful.'' Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, announced last month in New York that Prejean would be allowed to keep her crown. But in a statement Wednesday, Trump said Prejean didn't live up to her obligations.

"I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA Organization and I gave her the opportunity to do so,'' Trump said. "Unfortunately, it just doesn't look like it is going to happen and I offered Keith my full support in making this decision. Carrie is a beautiful young woman and I wish her well as she pursues her other interests.''

Prejean could not be reached for immediate comment.

Prejean graduated from Vista High School and now attends San Diego Christian College in El Cajon.