Breaking: Following Univision’s lead, NBC has severed its business ties with Donald Trump following remarks Trump made during his announcement that he was running for president. 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.
Here is the statement from NBC:
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 Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC.
“Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett’s United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.
The remarks that resulted in NBC’s decision:
“The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems,” Trump told supporters on June 16. “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.”
I’ve had a great relationship with [NBC]. They didn’t want me to run because they wanted to do The Apprentice. As you know, they renewed The Apprentice. I just told them, I cannot do The Apprentice because of the fact I’m running. As long as I’m running for president, they were not happy with it. Now with my statements on immigration, which happen to be correct, they are going to take a different stance and that’s okay. Whatever they want to do is okay with me. I’ve had a lot of great relationships with NBC. I think as far as ending the relationship, i have to do that because my view on immigration is much different than the people at NBC.