Controversy continues to dog the Miss USA pageant, with TMZ.com reporting that in exchange for his services as a judge, the pageant paid for breast augmentation surgery for blogger Perez Hilton. Confronted by the accusations, Ken Lepzig, the co-director of the Miss USA Pageant, admitted to helping Hilton get the boob job.
"We assisted when Perez came to us and voiced the interest in having the procedure done," Lepzig told Early Show co-anchor Maggie Rodriguez. "We want to put him in the best possible confidence in order to present himself in the best possible light on a national stage.
"Also, let's face it, those boobs needed some work."
Hilton, for his part, has been unapologetic. "First of all, they're not boobs, honey, they're pecs," he said. "And I love them. I just play with them all day long." Then he licked his right pointer finger and touched it to his chest while making a 'sizzle' noise.
Hilton, a notorious gossip blogger known for outing closeted celebrities, created waves while judging the Miss USA Pageant by asking Miss California Carrie Prejean her opinion on same-sex marriage. Prejean responded that she believed marriage should be between a man and a woman, an answer she says she believes cost her the Miss USA crown.
But Hilton says he only asked her about that topic when pageant officials nixed his original question, "What do you think of my new boobs?"
"Because I'd put my fake boobs up against her fake boobs any day of the week," said Hilton, adding, "Um, not literally - I don't want my new fake boobs anywhere near Miss Skankifornia there."
Then he did a 'Z snap' and added, "Go on with yourself!," apparently in reference to no one in particular.
Prejean, who since losing the pageant has become something of a poster child for the anti-gay-marriage movement, recently admitted that the Miss California Pageant had in fact paid for her own breast augmentation surgery. But she said that nice breasts were important for pageant contestants, in that they helped show why they deserved the scholarships more.
"Well I think it's great that Americans are able to choose one way or the other," she said. "We live in a land where you can choose big breasts or opposite breasts. You know what, in my country, in my family, I do believe that breasts should be big, no offense to anybody out there. But that's how I was raised and I believe they should be big. Thank you."
In response, Hilton held up a pictures of Prejean during the swimsuit competition, on which he had drawn big white drip marks coming off her bosoms. "Sometimes I even crack myself up," he admitted.
Meanwhile, TMZ.com Managing Editor Harvey Levin says his site will continue to follow the story of Perez Hilton's breasts, "until the truth is told, or until we get more hits than he does." Hilton responded by saying, "Oh no he din't! Uh-uh snappity snappity!," and further playing with his own breasts.