Donald Trump has a big reason for taking this Presidential bid seriously: he’s got some space in his calendar to fill.
Although the real estate mogul isn’t exactly hurting for business opportunity, NBC announcced today that they’ve cut all ties with Trump after he made what they considered to be disaparging comments about illegal immigrants (specifically Mexicans) in his initial announcement speech. That means that NBC has dropped Trump from the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, mostly, since Mark Burnett is the producer of The Apprentice and Trump had already parted ways as the host of the show (while his campaign is in full swing, anyway).
NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump over his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.
“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” NBC said in a statement. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”
The network will no longer air the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants that were part of a joint venture with Trump, the statement added. Its relationship with “Celebrity Apprentice” will continue, as Trump ceased his involvement with the reality show during his presidential bid.
The real estate mogul and 2016 presidential candidate has faced criticism for comments he made during his announcement speech earlier this month.
The decision is probably more financial than political. It comes on the heels of Trumps troubles with Spanish language broadcast network, Univision, which also dropped the Miss Universe pageant. Also, it’s unlikely that NBC only suddenly became aware that Donald Trump has a tendency to say crazy things. I mean, he has a Twitter account that is practically unreadable.
At any rate, Trump isn’t taking the decision sitting down. In a statement today, he announced that he will be seeking legal repercussions against Univision for breach of contract and defamation and will likely be seeking damages against NBC as well. After all, he’s never really been known to be a shrinking violet.
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