11:52 PM EDT 07/31/2015
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 07/01/2015 12:55PM
As if running for president of the United States of America wasn't enough, now Donald Trump has added a multimillion-dollar lawsuit to his 2015 to-do list.
Following the massive fallout from comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his candidacy announcement, Spanish-language network Univision quickly broke ties with Trump's Miss Universe Organization – followed by NBC and Macy's – leading the real estate tycoon to announce a $500 million lawsuit against Univision on Tuesday.
"We have a very strong lawsuit," Trump tells PEOPLE. "We had a binding contract that they illegally broke."
Originally posted 07/01/2015 09:30AM
Though Melissa Rivers' late mother Joan was close with Donald Trump, her former Celebrity Apprentice boss isn't getting her support in his bid for president.
Rivers, 47, takes issue with Trump's controversial stance on immigration.
"I know Donald on such a different level. Do I agree with his comments? No. I don't agree with what he said, but I do think he is very, very smart," she told PEOPLE before a Q&A at Los Angeles' Grammy Museum, which is currently featuring the exhibit "Joan Rivers: Can We Talk?"
Originally posted 06/30/2015 05:45PM
Donald Trump is suing Univision for cutting ties with his Miss USA pageant after his controversial comments about immigration.
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.
Originally posted 06/30/2015 02:00PM
Mexico is saying "adiós" to the Miss Universe Pageant following co-owner Donald Trump's controversial comments about immigration.
Originally posted 06/29/2015 07:40PM
Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco sent a message to his employees this afternoon to clarify some details about his decision to cancel the Miss USA broadcast
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