Television network Univision has severed ties with Miss USA pageant over Donald Trump’s anti- immigration comments during the launch of his presidential bid.
The Spanish-language media giant said that it would not air the pageant, as scheduled on July 12 as the Miss Universe Organization is part-owned by Trump. The company said the real estate mogul made “insulting remarks” about Mexican immigrants, reported the Los Angeles Times.
“At Univision, we see first-hand the work ethic, love for family, strong religious values and the important role Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans have had and will continue to have in building the future of our country,” the company said in its statement.
Trump’s lawyers indicated that they will sue the company for breach of contract.
The English rights of the pageant is with NBC which also sought to distance itself from Trump’s comments.
“Donald Trump’s opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration,” an NBC spokeswoman said in a statement.
When Trump kicked off his presidential campaign last week, he lambasted US government’s efforts to secure the US-Mexican border.
“The US has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us,” Trump said, adding those people brought drugs and crime in the US.
The businessman has since tried to clarify his comments, blaming media for distorting his speech.
In another fallout, Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, who were to be co-hosts of the Spanish simulcast of Miss USA 2015, decided to step down from their roles. J Balvin, the Latin music star, who was scheduled to perform during the Miss USA pageant, is also dropping out.
Singer Ricky Martin took to Twitter to slam Trump for his controversial remarks.
“There’s much hatred and ignorance in your heart @realDonaldTrump #LatinosUnidos,”