Former Miss California Carrie Prejean spoke out for the first time about her recent dethroning, saying her crown was taken as a result of her comments on gay marriage during the Miss USA competition and not due to a contract dispute as Miss California officials have claimed.
"This has nothing to do with me against any particular group or nothing to do with me hating gays or whatever," Prejean told Fox News' Sean Hannity Thursday. "This is because I answered a question at a beauty contest and now I am being punished. I am being dethroned because of the answer that I gave."
Prejean said the dethroning was just the culmination of growing disapproval by pageant officials.
"All I know is that from the moment I gave my answer on stage that night, I have had no support from [Miss California USA executive director] Keith Lewis or [former director] Shanna Moakler or anyone from the Miss California organization," she said.
Wednesday Prejean told Larry King Live she was stunned by her firing.
"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 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 Wednesday. "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, shares her doubts concerning 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 Los Angeles 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.
Prejean also has no plans to stop speaking her mind.
"I definitely see me speaking out and taking a stand for what I believe in, and I want to encourage Americans of all ages to not be silent and to speak out and state your beliefs and not be afraid," she said.