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Almost as soon as she was crowned, new Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay found herself in the middle of a media firestorm after old tweets from her Twitter account showed her using the N-word on multiple occasions. Naturally, the public response ranged from outrage and disbelief to demanding that her crown be taken away. Now, she speaks out about the controversy for the first time in an exclusive with Good Morning America.


Karlie Hay sat down with Good Morning America today to explain herself in reference to a series of old tweets from 2014 that showed her freely using the N-word repeatedly. In addition to offering up another apology to coincide with the one she gave Monday, Hay also has the firm support of the Miss Universe Organization behind her.


In the exclusive interview, she stated that she was a young 15 year-old girl back then who made a mistake. She then went on to put the blame for her words on the music she listens to and also her friends. Hay summed up the interview by acknowledging that her words were not okay and that she is embarrassed and ashamed of her prior actions.


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