Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, attends a press conference at Trump Tower on May 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)more pics »Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean told TMZ Wednesday that Miss USA pageant director Keith Lewis pressured her to pose for Playboy (for $140,000) and appear on I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here! before firing her.
And to add insult to injury, Prejean says they never told her they were letting her go. She found out after reading it on TMZ.
Prejean claims pageant honcho Keith Lewis actually asked her last month if she would take two gigs -- appearing on "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" and Playboy. Prejean says Lewis told her Playboy offered $140,000 for her to pose semi-nude. She rejected both offers.
A few minutes ago we talked to Lewis who said he was not pushing her to take either gig -- but merely passing the offers along. Lewis said Prejean had insisted they not turn anything down without running it by her. Prejean is convinced the firing is part of a political vendetta against her stance against gay marriage.
"What's behind this I think is a political debate. They don't agree with the stance that I took [on Prop 8]. Shanna [Moakler] is trying to bash me. They don't like me. From day one they wanted me out and they got what they wanted."