The outgoing title holder -- Tara Conner -- nearly lost her crown in January for an underage booze binge, while another contestant was canned after racy photos
of her surfaced on the Internet. A third was bounced after getting pregnant. Trump's treatment of Conner led to a public spat between Trump and Rosie O'Donnell featuring insults like "pimp" and "fat
slob" -- and providing more entertainment than the pageants ever did.
Still, ratings for such spectacles have nosedived in the last few years, with ABC bidding the Miss America telecast adieu in 2005. Speaking of sagging ratings, the future of Trump's reality show "The Apprentice," remains uncertain, and the network has not decided whether to renew the series.