Just days after Univision cut ties with Donald Trump, NBC is following suit. The peacock network announced it’s officially ending its relationship with the 69-year-old business tycoon. That means Celebrity Apprentice and both the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants will no longer air on the channel.
“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. 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 Apprentice” on NBC. “Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.”
Trump found himself in hot water after making comments he made about Mexican immigrants while declaring his candidacy for President of the United States. He pretty much called them rapists, drug dealers and other unsavory characters.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people. It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably – probably – from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.” – Donald Trump
While I’m not a fan of The Donald, I will say I’ll miss the Miss Universe pageant. Hopefully, someone else steps in to buy the franchise and it returns to network television. Truthfully, it was way better before Trump got his hands all over it.
Do you think NBC is wise to cut ties with Trump? Weigh in on the controversy below.
Update: Trump has issued a statement. Read it below.
“We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States. As has been stated continuously in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now. Long ago I told NBC that I would not being doing ‘The Apprentice’ because I am running for President in order to make our country great again.
If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant as that may be.”