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Miss USA Pageant Is Going on as Planned, But Will It Find a New TV Home?

by Zach Seemayer 10:43 PM PDT, June 29, 2015
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On Monday, NBC announced that it was cutting ties with Donald Trump, and would therefore no longer be airing the upcoming Miss USA pageant.

With Univision having pulled their support for the program earlier this month, the Miss Universe Organization is now without a network to air the event.

But that isn't stopping the Miss USA Pageant from commencing as planned in Baton Rouge, La. on July 12.

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The organization, co-owned by Trump, released a statement to ET on Monday explaining, "We are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on."

The statement also attempted to distance themselves from the anti-immigration comments made by Trump during his announcement that he was joining the 2016 presidential race.

"The Miss Universe Organization is built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity and of all cultures. This year's Miss USA contestants represent many different ethnic backgrounds, including six Latinas (four of whom are of Mexican descent)," the organization stressed in its statement.

"We continue to welcome those from all backgrounds to enter our system," the statement continued. "Our franchisees work tirelessly every day to empower young women to be confident and to be their personal best while raising awareness and millions of dollars for philanthropic endeavors."

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It remains unclear if this year's pageant will be televised by another network.

The blowback from Trump's comments has been powerful. Univision decried the business mogul's racially charged speech earlier this week and actress Roselyn Sanchez pulled out from participating as co-host of the pageant's Spanish-language simulcast soon after.

Miss USA has also been losing sponsors due to the controversy. Farouk Systems, manufacturers of high-end cosmetics and beauty products, announced on Monday that they were withdrawing their sponsorship of Miss USA and The Apprentice.

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Here is the Miss Universe Organization's statement in full

The 2015 MISS USA Pageant will still take place in Baton Rouge on July 12th. We are disheartened by recent events but the show will go on.

The Miss Universe Organization operates as an independent company. In its 64 year history, and under many owners, Miss Universe has developed into a globally recognized brand, with nearly 150 franchise holders domestically and internationally, the majority of whom are small business owners.

The Miss Universe Organization is built on a foundation of inclusion and continues to be a celebration of diversity and of all cultures. This year's Miss USA contestants represent many different ethnic backgrounds, including six Latinas (four of whom are of Mexican descent).

Annually, nearly ten thousand young women all around the world participate in MISS UNIVERSE pageant events. We continue to welcome those from all backgrounds to enter our system. Our franchisees work tirelessly every day to empower young women to be confident and to be their personal best while raising awareness and millions of dollars for philanthropic endeavors.

While world politics and other influences will undoubtedly play a role, the pageant will always seek to transcend controversy. It is unfortunate that recent events beyond our control have only served to negatively impact the women who participate in the pageant, our state directors, our sponsors and our fans. We want our supporters to know we remain committed to them and we will be conducting the pageant, regardless of the current situation. We are moving forward, full-steam ahead as planned for the next two weeks, culminating in the crowning of a new Miss USA on July 12th.

For more on NBC's decision to dump Trump for his controversial and racially insensitive comments, as well as Trump's reaction to their announcement, check out the video below.

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