The network is “ending its business relationship” with Trump over his “recent derogatory statements” regarding immigrants, the company said in a statement Monday.
“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,” the statement continued. “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.”
When speaking at an event Monday in Chicago, Trump said it was his decision to end the relationship. “They did not want me to run. They wanted me to do The Apprentice. And now with my statements on immigration — which happen to be correct — they are going to take a different stance and that’s OK. Whatever they want to do is OK with me,” said Trump. “As far as ending the relationship, I have to do that because my view on immigration is much different than the people at NBC.”
The Miss USA pageant was scheduled to air live on NBC from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 12. The network had aired Miss USA as well as Miss Universe for the past 11 years and was in the midst of a five-year, $13.5 million contract between NBCUniversal and Trump’s Miss Universe Organization.
Additionally, Trump released a lengthy statement Monday in which he called NBC “weak” and “foolish,” and said that he told the network “long ago” that he would be stepping down from Celebrity Apprentice because of his campaign. In the statement, he also said that NBC’s “contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court.”