For as long as I can remember, I’ve watched the Miss Universe pageant every year. That is until Donald Trump opened his big mouth. I missed the last one due to that fool.
After airing on NBC for a dozen years, the network dissolved their partnership after Trump’s controversial remarks about immigrants. The 2015 competition ended up airing on Reelz. It appears, the Miss Universe Organization has found a new home.
The Miss Universe telecast is one of the most-watched events in the world, with distribution in approximately 190 countries and territories. Naturally, it’s a sought-after commodity. FOX has stepped up and snagged the rights to air both Miss Universe and Miss USA.
“The Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants are iconic television events loved by generations of viewers around the world,” Fox president David Madden said in a statement. “We are very excited to partner with IMG and The Miss Universe Organization to infuse a fresh new energy into these perennial broadcast favorites.”
With Trump no longer part of the organization, the network need not worry about a backlash from Donald’s critics. WME/IMG acquired the Miss Universe organization from the 69-year-old Republican presidential candidate recently.
“Miss Universe is a unique, global media property and this partnership with Fox marks a new era for The Miss Universe Organization as a whole,” said Michael Antinoro, SVP of Original Content, IMG. “As the broadcast leader in innovative and groundbreaking live events, Fox is the perfect partner as we look to implement new and exciting changes to this show and the franchise.”
With new blood in the mix, hopefully the pageant can return back to my favorite format where the question round occurred halfway during the telecast. I loved watching the Top 10, 12 or whatever fumbling through the answers. Lately, only the finalists get questioned.
Do you watch the annual telecast? Glad that Trump is no longer part of it? The 64th Annual Miss Universe Pageant takes place on Sunday, Dec 20 in Las Vegas. Weigh in below.