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'Inappropriate?' -- Trump puzzled by Prejean's 'Larry King Live' stand-off

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
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Prejean irked by King questions
  • Donald Trump says he was surprised at Carrie Prejean's attempt to walk off set
  • Former beauty queen took off microphone during questioning by the host about law suit
  • Prejean has been a lightning rod for her opposition to same-sex marriage
  • Popular Web site has claimed suit was settled due to graphic video

Watch Donald Trump's first interview since Carrie Prejean's "Larry King Live" antics on HLN's "Showbiz Tonight," 11 p.m. (ET/PT) tonight.

(CNN) -- Mogul Donald Trump expressed shock at former Ms. California Carrie Prejean's attempt to end the interview with host Larry King during her appearance on CNN's "Larry King Live."

Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization, discussed his reaction in an exclusive with HLN's "Showbiz Tonight."

"Well, I actually was watching," Trump said. "I am a big fan of Larry King and I was watching this and I was very surprised to see it because she was talking about how inappropriate [Larry King] was."

Prejean was on the show Wednesday night to promote her new book and seemed to take exception to King's line of questioning regarding a lawsuit involving the former beauty queen and the Miss Universe pageant.

After telling host King that she wouldn't discuss what happened in mediation because it was confidential, Prejean called his line of questioning "inappropriate," removed her microphone and appeared to be ready to leave the set.

In speaking with HLN's "Showbiz Tonight's" Brooke Anderson, Trump said he just didn't get it.

" 'Inappropriate' is more of a sexual term, as far as I'm concerned," Trump said. "I mean -- inappropriate? He asked a very, very easy question and I was surprised that she just didn't say, 'Hey, listen, I can't answer that question.' Instead she wants to walk off the stage? It was very surprising."

Trump was not the only one to weigh in on Prejean's run-in with King.

Keith Lewis, executive director of Miss California USA and Miss California Teen USA, released a statement on Thursday.


"The public is finally getting a glimpse of the real Carrie Prejean who lives in her own delusional world," he said. "The childish behavior, her negative attitude, the sarcasm and condescending tone, the disrespect and continual lying she is demonstrating now is only a fraction of what we endured during her reign and after."

"Anyone who buys her book is supporting a woman who is actually the opposite of everything she claims to be," the statement went on to say. "I sincerely hope she is able to get the psychological help I believe she has shown to clearly need."

Prejean became enmeshed in controversy after declaring her opposition to same-sex marriage while answering a judge's question at the Miss USA pageant.

She was later dethroned by Trump amid growing complaints that she was uncooperative and not meeting her contractual obligations. She sued the pageant, claiming religious discrimination because of her opposition to same-sex marriage.

Pageant officials countersued, demanding the former beauty queen repay pageant money spent for her breast implants and give them all the proceeds from her book.

A settlement was reached, and the Web site TMZ reported the deal was sealed after pageant lawyers allegedly presented an "extremely graphic" home video involving Prejean.

The Capitol Hill Club in Washington confirmed to CNN that a speaking appearance by Prejean scheduled for Thursday was canceled.

The interview with Trump will air on HLN's "Showbiz Tonight" on Thursday.