Skip to main content

Miss USA Host Giuliana Rancic Weighs In on Pageant-Rigging Accusation: "It's Ridiculous"


Giuliana Rancic, a two-time Miss USA host and former judge, says she was "not surprised" when she found out Miss Pennsylvania had turned in her crown after a low-tier finish at this year's competition.

"I remember her at rehearsals," the E! News cohost said while taping today's show, airing at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. "She didn't seem that into it...It was almost like she felt defeated before the pageant, days before."
And what about now-former beauty queen Sheena Monnin's claim that the 2012 Miss USA pageant was rigged? 

"There's no way," Rancic told cohost Jason Kennedy. "I was a judge years ago, and I've hosted it twice. There is no way that...the top five are chosen before the pageant, it's ridiculous. If you look at who won and how the girls scored, you can tell it really was based on the questions and the judges chose who they liked. It's ridiculous."

"You would have been looking, I know you!" Kennedy joked about the idea of Rancic discovering a list of finalists lying around.

"There was no envelope lying around," she insisted, laughing. "Ernst & Young tabulates the votes, there's no way that that accounting firm is going to let that information get out."

Donald Trump, who acquired the Miss Universe Organization in 2002, concurs. He promised yesterday that he would sue Monnin over her "ridiculous" claims, but later added that he would hold off if she publicly apologized immediately. The ball's in her court.

Meanwhile, the eventual winner of the 2012 Miss USA title, Miss Rhode Island Olivia Culpo, was asked during the show by judge Rob Kardashian whether she thought it was fair that the official rules now allow for a transgender woman to win.

"I do think that would be fair," Culpo said. "But I could understand how people could be apprehensive to take that road. There are so many people who have a need to change for a happier life. I do accept that because I believe it's a free country."

In her resignation email to the Miss Universe Organization, Monnin wrote that allowing natural-born males to compete went against "every moral fiber" of her being.


SOURCE: Eonline.com, 6/7/2012
 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Trans-Identified Male Crowned “Miss Greater Derry 2023,” Takes Home Women’s Scholarship

A local beauty pageant is attracting ample mockery on social media after a trans-identified male was crowned the winner of the competition and awarded a scholarship intended for young women. Brían Nguyen , 19, was awarded the crown in the Miss Greater Derry pageant, held on November 8 in the Greater Derry area of New Hampshire. The competition is a locally-run event under the national Miss America series of pageants. In addition to winning the crown, Nguyen will receive the  Miss Greater Derry Scholarship , a financial award established to support young women. Nguyen, who is male, is a freshman at Nashua Community College majoring in Business Management. After his win, Nguyen wrote on  Facebook : “ I am ecstatic to be the FIRST transgender woman to be a Miss America local titleholder, and I hope to make everyone proud and become the first to walk the Miss America stage. I am Brían Nguyen, your Miss Greater Derry 2023 .” Nguyen had previously announced on Instagram that he has intention

Miss USA Vice-President Max Sebrechts Accused Of Sexual Harassment

IMAGE COURTESY: MISS ACADEMY  Max Sebrechts, the husband of Crystle Stewart, President of Miss USA organization (and formerly Miss USA 2008), has been accused of sexual improprieties by several Miss USA 2021 contestants, according to a YouTube video “Miss USA Scandal?” by Natly Denise, a “truther and pop-culture enthusiast.” You can watch the entire video here: https://youtu.be/8xM2jXL6MXw On her video, Natly displays a screenshot  of an anonymous email sent to the affiliates of IMG/Endeavor including to Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization (MUO). The email was cc’d to Crystle and Michael Hannah (franchise director of Miss USA). The author of the email claims that MUO has been sent substantial evidence of Sebrechts’ sexual predatory behavior and Shugart has known about it for a while but didn’t say anything (obviously to cover it up and to protect Crystle). Natly also displays screenshots of direct messages sent to her by former Miss USA contestants (the names hav

Philippines wins Miss Universe 2015 - but in the most awkward way! / Review of the Telecast

Las Vegas, Nevada – December 20, 2015 – In front of a global audience, Miss Universe Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach was crowned Miss Universe 2015 at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The telecast aired live on FOX for the first time ever.      Miss Universe Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German actress and model. Pia was born in Stuttgart, Germany and grew up in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Pia finished her secondary education with the ABS-CBN Distance Learning Center and studied culinary arts at the Center for Asian Culinary Studies in Metro Manila, Philippines. Pia is currently a stylist and writer for the lifestyle section of a leading newspaper in her country.      Emmy Award winner Steve Harvey hosted the three-hour event with live reporting from Roselyn Sanchez. Grammy Award-winning, multi-Platinum singer and songwriter SEAL, Grammy Award-winning sibling trio The Band Perry, and Golden Globe and Grammy Award-nominated Char