Carrie Prejean is taking the loss of her Miss California USA crown with a nonchalance not typical for a beauty pageant contestant, but more like the national celebrity she has become.
"They said that you are fired and I almost started to laugh because everybody has been cooperating and everybody has been getting along so well," Prejean said on CNN's "Larry King Live'" Wednesday. "This is the first I have heard of it. It's almost funny to me. I have no idea what's going on."
The Miss USA runner-up was officially fired Wednesday, this time with the blessing of pageant owner Donald Trump.
Miss California pageant officials said Wednesday that Prejean was fired because of continued breach of contract issues.
"This was a decision based solely on contract violations including Ms. Prejean's unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of the Miss California USA organization," executive director Keith Lewis said in a statement sent to ABCNews.com. "After our press conference in New York we had hoped we would be able to forge a better working relationship. However, since that time it has become abundantly clear that Carrie is unwilling to fulfill her obligations under our contract and work together."
Prejean's attorney, Charles Limandri, is not convinced of the pageant officials' reasoning.
"This is all kind of a big shock... It is not true that she has not been cooperating. Something is going on; the truth is not being told. I don't understand where this is coming from, or why," Limandri said in a statement to the LA Times. "For people to say that she breached her contract, that she is not doing speaking engagements is false. She did one last Sunday in Las Vegas and it went really well... No one said to her, 'Carrie, you are not doing what we want you to do.'"
Prejean's representative did not respond immediately to requests for comment from ABCNews.com.
Even without her crown, it's doubtful Prejean will be hurting for work. Prejean claims that she already turned down a lucrative deal to pose for Playboy, an offer that was brought to her by Lewis, TMZ.com reported. Lewis reportedly admitted he passed along the $140,000 offer, but only because he passes along any and all offers in accordance with his contractual obligations.
Even Trump, the real estate mogul who co-owns the Miss USA organization and saved Prejean from losing her crown last month, did not stand in the way this time.
"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 in the same statement. "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."
Miss California runner-up Tami Farrell will immediately take over the crown and Prejean's responsibilities as Miss California. The current Miss USA Kristen Dalton and Miss Universe Dayana Mendoza will also lend a hand in making appearances.
Last month, Trump stood by the scandalized beauty queen, who ignited a firestorm of scrutiny when she spoke out against "opposite marriage" at the 2009 Miss USA pageant and semi-nude photos of her appeared on the Internet.