In a statement, NBC said that it will not broadcast the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants following Donald Trump’s insulting comments about Mexican immigrants. The network is also “ending its business relationship” with the billionaire real estate developer over his “recent derogatory statements,” adding that Trump will not participate in “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, NBC’s statement further said, “To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC.
“In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC. Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”
Trump had said in his speech announcing his candidacy for president that Mexicans were “bringing drugs” and “crime.” He further added that Mexicans were “rapists” but that “some, I assume, are good people.”
Trump addressed the sea of people gathered at the steps of Trump Tower in New York City, saying “problems” are coming in “from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America.”
Last week, Univision, the largest American Spanish language broadcast television network, announced that it would not broadcast the Spanish coverage of the July 12 Miss USA pageant. Univision said that Trump’s comments were “insulting.” It praised the “the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican-Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country,” as reported by People Magazine.
In response, Trump said he would “be bringing a major lawsuit against Univision for defamation, and also they owe us a lot of money.
“They have a contract that is ironclad, no termination rights.”
“Donald Trump’s opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration,” NBC had said following Univision’s decision of not airing the pageant.
During his candidacy announcement, Trump had expressed his plans to build a wall at the Mexico border to prevent immigrant entry.
“I would build a Great Wall — and nobody build walls better and I will do it very inexpensively – on our southern border and have Mexico pay for it,” he had said.
According to Deadline, Trump said on the State of the Union, “You have people coming from all over and they’re bad. You have people coming in – and I’m not saying just Mexicans – I’m talking about people that are from all over, that are killers and rapists.”
“It’s not Mexicans necessarily. They’re coming from all over,” he added.
Trump has presented “Celebrity Appearance” and “The Apprentice” with his children – Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump – serving as advisers.
The Miss USA pageant was originally going to be aired on NBC on July 12. A five-year, $13.5 million contract between NBC Universal and Trump’s Miss Universe Organization was in the works.
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