Former Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, has pulled out of an appearance at the Special Olympics after the new Miss CA, Tami Ferrell, agreed to support the cause.
"I have volunteered at the Special Olympics for the past several years; it is a cause very close to my heart," Prejean's rep tells "Extra" in a statement. "I was so excited to be invited as an honored guest and presenter of medals at the Special Olympics summer games this June. I fully intended to go and volunteer once again in my private capacity."
The embattled beauty queen's statement continues, "However, when I learned that Keith Lewis had called the event asking that a new Miss California USA attend in my place, I reluctantly decided for the good of the Olympians I should not be there at this time. The Special Olympics should be all about these amazing athletes. I hope the generous people of California volunteer, cheer, and donate this weekend in Long Beach. I thank the Special Olympics for their ongoing support and I promise them and the athletes: I look forward to volunteering with them soon."
Prejean was stripped of her crown last week after The Miss USA organization claimed she didn't live up to her contractual obligations.