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Byline: By Wales on Sunday

Welsh telly babe Liz Fuller has been ousted from organising next year's Miss Great Britain beauty contest after a bitter feud.

The former titleholder from Swansea, who revamped this year's competition thanks to her business savvy, has left under a cloud after falling out with fellow organiser, fashion figure Robert de Keyser.

Liz and de Keyser had such a bust-up backstage, the Miss GB chairman claimed this week he had paid her off with a five-figure sum.

Blonde Liz, 30, who used to date celeb hypnotist Paul McKenna but is now loved up with a property millionaire, approached de Keyser last year with the idea of reviving the annual pageant into a Pop Idol-style format where girls were picked by people power rather than by an out-dated panel.

And while she admits tensions did run high at the contest because of the pressure, the satellite TV presenter said last night she was 'shocked' by the turn of events.

In a newspaper article this week, de Keyser said: 'I had endless problems with Liz. She will no doubt call me a rotten so-and-so and that I threatened to murder her, because that is how exasperated I got.'

But dignified Liz told us she didn't want to get into a slanging match and 'air her dirty laundry in public'.

'There is plenty I could say but I'm not going to do that,' she said.

'I'm extremely upset and shocked by what has been said about me. I am hard-working - this was my dream and I wanted Miss GB to be a huge success, which it was. There was a lot of pressure but I'm professional and I don't want to go into the business relationship Robert and I shared. I don't want to be involved in a tit-for-tat press slanging match.

'I lived and breathed that contest for a year. It's sad I won't be a part of it again but I've fulfilled my dream and did what I set out to do.

'I just hope Roast readers understand why I don't want to say anymore about the matter and remain dignified.'
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 16, 2006
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