NBC Dumps Donald Trump Over Mexican Immigrant Comments, 'Apprentice' Host Fires Back
By Jennifer Cady
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Donald Trump, you're fired!
Following Trump's derogatory statements about Mexican immigrants in his announcement that he was joining the 2016 presidential race, NBC Universal is the latest to distance itself from The Apprentice host.
"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values," the network said in a statement to ET. "Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."
"To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC," the statement continued.
"In addition, as Mr. Trump has already indicated, he will not be participating in The Celebrity Apprentice on NBC," the statement concluded. "Celebrity Apprentice is licensed from Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue."
Despite this backlash, the 69-year-old businessman is not backing down from his previous comments where he accused Mexican immigrants of being rapists and bringing drugs and crime to America.
"As of today, Donald J. Trump is no longer affiliated with NBC,” the Trump Organization said in a statement to ET. “Mr. Trump stands by his statements on illegal immigration, which are accurate. NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct -- that is why our country is in serious trouble."
"We must have strong borders and not let illegal immigrants enter the United States," Trump added on his own behalf. "As has been stated continually in the press, people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now or we will not have a country. Long ago I told NBC that I would not being doing The Apprentice because I am running for President in order to make our country great again."
Trump continued, "If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court. Furthermore, they will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but won’t stand behind people that tell it like it is, as unpleasant at that may be."