11:02 PM EDT 09/13/2015
Miss USA Pageant
Originally posted 09/11/2015 01:05PM
Donald Trump announced Friday that he owns the entirety of the Miss Universe Organization almost three months after NBC dropped the Miss USA pageant following the presidential hopeful's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.
"Just purchased NBC's half of The Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against them," Trump, 69, tweeted. "Now own 100% -- stay tuned!"
An NBC source confirms the news to PEOPLE. Miss Universe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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Originally posted 07/12/2015 11:30PM
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Miss USA Finds Replacement Hosts After Backlash Over Trump's Immigration Comments – But Who Are They?
Originally posted 07/08/2015 08:40AM
The Miss USA Pageant's new hosts have been announced, replacing the show's original emcees just days before the Sunday telecast.
Jeannie Mai Resigns as Co-Host of Miss USA Pageant in Wake of Trump Controversy – After Initially Vowing to Stay
Originally posted 07/07/2015 02:25PM
The Miss USA pageant has lost another co-host in the wake of Donald Trump's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.
Jeannie Mai – who told PEOPLE last week that she would remain with the pageant to support the women involved – announced that she, too, has decided to step down from her role as co-host.
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.
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