As originally reported in The Hollywood Reporter and several other news outlets, NBC has cut its ties with current controversial Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump due to his “recent derogatory statements” dealing with immigrants. This move prevents the airing of the Trump-owned Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants as well as prevents his participating in the Emmy-nominated Celebrity Apprentice series so closely aligned with the Trump brand.
NBC will continue with the Celebrity Apprentice brand as it is licensed through reality-show impresario Mark Burnett (Survivor) and not specifically through Donald Trump. There are no announced plans for Trump’s replacement on the series, and Trump claims, through statements of his own, that he had already informed the network of his intention to step down from the reality series due to his presidential campaign.
NBC is following in the footsteps of Spanish-language channel Univision who earlier announced it would no longer televise the Trump-owned beauty pagents. Trump has threatened legal action against both networks based on a potential breach of contract.
The moves are a direct reaction to Trump’s widely publicized controversial statements where he said, “The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. 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.”