Miss USA Finds New Judges After Donald Trump Controversy-Who Are They?
Despite being dropped by NBC and losing judges, Miss USA is proving that the show must go on. After getting saved by Reelz the pageant has lined up judges for this Sunday, all former winners of Miss USA with two who also went on to win Miss Universe.
The pageant originally scheduled to air on NBC with Cheryl Burke, Thomas Roberts,Emmitt Smith, Terrence Jenkins and former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera was in jeopardy after Donald Trump made controversial remarks about illegal immigrants while announcing he was running for president. NBC and Univision were first to back out while distancing themselves from the blustery businessman.
Trump didn’t back down from comments he made when announcing his run for the White House. He talked about illegal immigration saying he wanted to build a great wall to stop illegal immigration from Mexico. Of the immigrants he said, “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists,” before adding, “And some, I assume, are good people.”
His remarks were labeled racist by some while others believed there was truth in what he said, even if they were not said delicately enough. Univision dumped him followed by NBC who fired him from his hit show Celebrity Apprentice. The Donald sued Univision claiming a deal’s a deal though he sent out a memo forbidding any Univision employees from using his properties. He claimed that NBC didn’t fire him and that it was he who left Celebrity Apprentice because he wants to make America great again.
Actress Eva Longoria compared Trump to Hitler and comedian George Lopez called the remarks “vile” and said he would not consider replacing him as host of Celebrity Apprentice. Despite the backlash Trump has surged in the polls and claims that his comments were taken out of context. Saying, “I am personally offended by the mainstream media’s attempt to distort my comments regarding Mexico and its great people,” adding, “I have many successful business relationships with Mexican companies and employ, and am close friends with, many Mexican people…I do great with Latino voters.” The man famous for the art of the deal believes he will win the Latino vote.
When Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts dropped out as hosts Trump claimed it was better for the pageant claiming he had never heard of them. He blasted NBC for dropping the pageant calling it a terrible thing to do to the young women who worked so hard to get there.
Reelz stepped in and saved the day announcing that Trump will not be making a profit when the pageant airs on its channel. Now they have lined up new hosts though it would be hard to imagine Trump believing they have the same name recognition as those who dropped out. The new hosts will include Rima Fakih (Miss USA 2010), Tara Conner (Miss USA 2006), Crystal Stewart (Miss USA 2008), Nana Meriwether (Miss USA 2012), Brook Lee, (fomer Miss USA & Miss Universe), and Leila Umenyiora (Miss Universe 2011).
The pageant airs this Sunday on Reelz, not quite the same thing appearing on NBC and getting the support of a major network. With judges who are all former Miss USAs it remains to be seen whether those who tune in to the pageant will be looking for more name recognition or will still tune in to see who will be crowned the next Miss USA.
Will you tune in to the pageant or has Donald Trump’s immigration comments turned you off? Let us know what you think here at Haveuheard.