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Miss USA Pageant
Originally posted 07/02/2015 08:40AM
Following NBC's decision to drop the Miss USA telecast from the network in advance of its planned July 12 airdate, the Reelz network has picked up the baton.
"The decision on the part of Reelz to acquire the rights to the Miss USA pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of the American tradition," says Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of Reelz, in a statement released to PEOPLE.
"As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere," the statement continues. "For us, this decision is about the dreams of the contestants who come from all walks of life across the United States, the city of Baton Rouge that has proudly come together to host this pageant and the viewers who will be watching and celebrating its 54th year on television."
Emmitt Smith and Property Brothers' Jonathan Scott Withdraw as Miss USA Judges After Donald Trump Comments
Originally posted 07/02/2015 12:20AM
Emmitt Smith is the latest star to back out of the Miss USA pageant.
Originally posted 07/01/2015 10:05PM
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Why Miss USA Host Jeannie Mai Won't Quit Despite Donald Trump Controversy: 'I Can't Abandon These Women'
Originally posted 07/01/2015 01:55PM
Miss USA lost hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts following co-owner Donald Trump's controversial stance on immigration – but one host vows to stay with the pageant.
PEOPLE has exclusively learned that Jeannie Mai, who took issue with the real estate tycoon's comments, remains committed to the pageant's cause and will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 12 as planned.
"While I absolutely do not condone Mr. Trump's statements, after careful deliberation I have decided to continue my role as co-host of the upcoming Miss USA Pageant," Mai, 36, says in a statement.
Originally posted 06/30/2015 12:20PM
The show must go on.
The Miss USA Pageant will take place as planned in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 12 despite NBC's decision not to air the competition following Donald Trump's controversial comments about Mexicans. There's no word on what network, if any, will air the beauty queen competition.
"The Miss Universe Organization is built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity and of all cultures," the group said in a statement Tuesday. "This year's Miss USA contestants represent many different ethnic backgrounds, including six Latinas (four of whom are of Mexican descent)."
Trump, who co-owns the pageant, is facing backlash after he outlined his immigration stance while announcing his bid for president.
Miss Universe's Latina Firepower: Organization Co-Owned by Donald Trump Has Crowned 22 Women from Latin Countries
Originally posted 06/26/2015 04:30PM
When Donald Trump announced his bid for president, he made a number of inflammatory comments about Latin-American immigrants to the United States.
"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," Trump, 69, announced to a crowd of press and likeminded supporters on the steps of Trump Tower on June 16. "They're not sending you. 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."
Roselyn Sánchez and Cristián De La Fuente Quit as Miss USA Pageant Hosts After Donald Trump's 'Disrespectful' Comments
Originally posted 06/25/2015 09:40PM
Univision, the largest Spanish-language broadcaster in America, is canceling its telecast of the Miss USA pageant, and Roselyn Sánchez and Cristián De La Fuente, who were set to co-host the Spanish-language simulcast of the show, have also dropped out.
J Balvin Cancels Miss USA Performance After Donald Trump's Comments About Mexicans: 'This Isn't About Being Punitive'
Originally posted 06/25/2015 09:20AM
J Balvin has pulled out of next month's Miss USA contest in the wake of presidential hopeful Donald Trump's comments about Mexicans and Latinos.
Originally posted 06/13/2015 12:20PM
Torrance Coombs of the CW's Reign and his longtime love Alyssa Campanella are engaged!
Katie Couric, Jimmy Fallon, Vanessa Hudgens Dive into Fleet Week with Adorable Sailor Selfies (PHOTOS)
Originally posted 05/21/2015 05:25PM
Katie Couric got her flirt on with a handsome sailor on Wednesday. What did you do?
Couric is just one of a flood celebrities participating in New York City's 27th annual Fleet Week, which kicked off May 20 and honors the contributions of maritime service men and women.
This year, the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard have decided to make a social media splash by encouraging people to snap photos with the troops and use the hashtag #SelfieWithASailor – and plenty of celebrities have been quick to dive right in.
Jimmy Fallon invited sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen and women to a taping of the Tonight Show on Tuesday.
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