Trump issued a vicious tirade against Latinos when he announced he was running for US president. The "brilliant businessman" apparently forgot that his beauty pageant was to be aired by Univision, a Latino-run mega media company.
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The Miss USA pageant, scheduled for July 12, will no longer air on the network. Nor will the Miss Universe pageant, scheduled for next January. Both pageants were, until now, jointly owned by NBC and Trump.
Speaking to reporters after a campaign event in Chicago, Trump said he had enjoyed a "great" relationship with NBC but would not back down on his views about immigration. Trump told CNN correspondent Athena Jones that he may sue NBC.
NBCUniversal, which is owned by Comcast, had no comment on the lawsuit possibility. It is unclear whether NBC will seek to sell its stake in the Miss Universe Organization to Trump, acquire Trump's stake from him, or seek another buyer.
RELATED STORY: Donald Trump refuses to release birth certificate and passport records — Racist birther had demanded that Obama release his original birth certificateIt is also unclear where, if anywhere, the Miss USA pageant might be televised instead of NBC. Contestants from across the country have been preparing for months for the annual event.
The other major television broadcaster of the pageant, Univision, cancelled it last week due to Trump's involvement.