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After a fast and furious spate of gossip about underage drinking, drug abuse, and behavior unbecoming to a Miss USA, Miss USA Tara Conner was given a second chance by Donald Trump and pageant organizers. Trump has reportedly loved the attention from the scandal (the new season of the Apprentice starts in January!) and, at the press conference, he was as grandiose as ever. Basically, he referenced how he "fired" Miss USA 2002 Oxana Federova because she wasn't doing a good job. And he did say he expect to fire Conner before their meeting. But, ultimately, The Donald saw a "good person" caught up in the whirlwind that is New York ."

It's a story that's happened many times before, to many women and to many men that come to the Big Apple. They wanted their slice of the Big Apple and they found out it wasn't so easy. I'm always a believer in second chances... Tara is a good person. Tara has tried hard. Tara is going to be given a second chance.

Young people today have a tough load, there's no question. Drugs. Alcohol. LIfe. Especially this city and a couple of others. It's tough and it's not easy...

So Trump has ordered Conner to rehab, and when she gets out, she'll be "a great example for troubled people." Cut to millions of men booing, because allegations of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA making are so not troubling. Trump did say, though, that if Conner makes a misstep, she will be fired.

Conner was crying during her statement and thanked Trump extensively for giving her a change. She said, "I plan on walking out of this as the best Miss USA you've ever seen," and apologized to her family. No word on whether she'll be able to move back into Trump Place. Update: Conner will be back at Trump Place - thanks, Best Week Ever!