Donald Trump definitely subscribes to the philosophy that there's no such thing as bad publicity. Of the sexy Miss USA promo photos, the pageant owner tells "The Insider," in an interview to be broadcast on Tuesday night, that he has "no problem with it.
It all comes down to business: "The Miss USA Pageant and the Miss Universe Pageant just got renewed for three years by NBC, the ratings have been terrific," says Trump. "We are in a different age. They are a little bit sexy but I'll tell you what -- everybody's watching so I have no problems with it. If you look at Miss America it's now off network television and we're doing better than ever so I really have no problem with it."
Trump has a history of being pretty forgiving about these things. After sexy photos of Miss California Carrie Prejean came out last year, Trump said "We are in the 21st century. We have determined the pictures taken are fine," he said, adding that "in some cases the pictures were lovely."
Also following Miss USA Tara Conner's admission in 2006 that she abused drugs and alcohol Trump announced "I've always been a believer in second chances. Tara is good person. Tara has tried hard. Tara is going to be given a second chance."
However, when photos of a naked Miss Nevada 2007 kissing other women surfaced, Trump was not so generous and she lost her crown.
Conner, who recently appeared on "Oprah" and said she is recovering from her addictions, told CBS "Basically a swimsuit is lingerie, just different material...so I don't know why everyone has their panties in a wad."