NBC is cutting ties with Donald Trump after his comments about immigrants. The network announced that it will no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump has part ownership of the Miss Universe Organization, which promotes both pageants. Furthermore, Trump will not be participating in the coming season of "The Celebrity Apprentice." The network plans to continue its relationship with the reality TV series, which is licensed from Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group.
Donald Trump responded to NBC with a statement where he called the network weak and foolish for not understanding what he believes is a serious illegal immigration problem. Furthermore, he threatened to take legal action for backing out a signed contract. Trump also blasted NBC for standing behind a quote, "lying Brian Williams," but not backing him.
Here is the entire 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 Apprentice” on NBC.
“Celebrity Apprentice” is licensed from Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue.
He issued this statement to Politico:
As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC. Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct--- that is why our country is in serious trouble.
Mr. Trump says, “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.”
Mr. Trump continued, “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.”
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