NBC severs ties to Donald Trump’s shows over immigration remarks

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The aura of “controversylikely” is simply a big part of Donald Trump’s personality, which again has come up as more than 175,000 signatures have been attached to a petition asking NBC to cancel “Miss USA, “Miss Universe” and “Celebrity Apprentice,” due to Trump’s recent comments about Mexicans in his speech announcing his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination.

Trump,in Chicago on Monday to address business leaders at a City Club of Chicago luncheon at Maggiano’s in River North, has faced harsh criticism over the comments.

While Trump was in Chicago, NBC announced it was severing all ties with the real estate mogul and presidential candidate, though in his remarks to the City Club, Trump indicated he was quitting the relationship.

In its statement, NBC cited “derogatory comments” made by Trump “regarding immigrants,” in announcing its decision. The network says that as a result of the end of its business relationship with Trump, NBC will no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which were joint projects of Trump and NBC.

While NBC has distanced itself from Trump’s remarks, it’s unclear what its plans are for the three shows,in whichthe network, along with Trump, owns a stake. Univision, the Spanish language network that, like NBC, is a division of their parent company NBCUniversal, has already dropped coverage of the “Miss Universe” pageantin the wake of Trump’s comments about Mexicans.

On Sunday, Trump told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he did not mean to include all Mexican border-crossers with rapists murderers, drug dealers and other criminals.Trump said he meant tocriticizethe porous nature of the U.S.-Mexico border — allowinga lot of “bad” people to enter the United States from all over the world, not just Mexico.

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