NBCUniversal has ended its relationship with Donald Trump after the billionaire and Republican presidential candidate made some inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants recently.
The television network will no longer show the “Miss USA” and “Miss Universe” pageants, which have been a joint venture between Mr Trump and NBC, according to Reuters.
Mr Trump had already announced that he would not take part in “The Apprentice” television show due to his presidential run.
NBC announced the split on Monday “due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants”, the company said in a press release.
During his 16 June speech, in which he announced he was running for president, Mr Trump suggested that the illegal immigrants that come from Mexico are mostly criminals and rapists.
He went on to say that if he was elected, he would build a wall on the US-Mexico border — to keep out those immigrants — and he would make Mexico pay for it.
Mexicans have taken a stand against the real estate magnate, some protesting and one person even building a piñata in Mr Trump’s likeness, encouraging people to beat up on it. Last week, Univision announced it would not be airing any of Mr Trump’s beauty pageants.
When asked about NBC ending the relationship, Mr Trump said Monday the network had begged him not to run for president, but said he respected whatever decision they made about the business relationship.
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