The Miss USA pageant was left without a network after part-owner Donald Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants at his 2016 presidential bid announcement caused Univision and NBC to cut ties with the real estate mogul. But now the Associated Press reports that Reelz channel has picked up the pageant.
“As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere,” says Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard in a statement. The release made no mention of Trump or his comments, nor did it include details about Reelz’s acquisition of the pageant.
Reelz does say the pageant will be televised on Sunday, July 12, which was its originally scheduled date with NBC. However, the state of the pageant is up in the air after many performers, hosts and judges have dropped out.
Performers Flo Rida, Craig Wayne Boyd, Natalie La Rose and J Balvin and hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts have all cut ties with the pageant, while previously announced judges Jonathan Scott, Terrence Jenkins, Zuleyka Rivera and Emmitt Smith have been removed from the official site.
The only judge that remains listed on the site is country singer Jessie James Decker. Jeannie Mai is the new host.