C.J.: Reelz CEO provided life line for Miss USA contestants

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Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan is crowned new Miss USA.

Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan became the new Miss USA 2015 in a ceremony which was overshadowed by the controversial remarks of pageant co-owner Donald Trump. Donald Trump, however, might as well have fallen in heels and a gown while juggling batons and singing “The Greatest Love of All” off-key, for all the attention he was getting around the event, which he partially owns and didn’t attend.BATON ROUGE, La. – Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma was crowned Miss USA on Sunday, wearing a hot pink strapless dress as she deftly fielded the interview portion of the competition by saying the country needed to improve race relations to beat out 50 other contestants.The Southwestern contestant tripped on stage and seemingly blanked during her interview, while Miss Rhode Island gave an equally cringe-worthy response to her final question. Olivia Jordan, 26, was followed by first runner-up Yliana Guerra, 22, of Texas, and second runner-up Anea Garcia, 20, of Rhode Island in the Sunday ceremony, said the Hollywood Reporter.

The presidential candidate’s recent comments about immigrants and immigration, of course, resulted in NBC and Univision dumping the show, which ended up on the ReelzChannel at a reportedly bargain price. “This organization is not one person,” Jordan told the Associated Press after the show. “It’s definitely not just me. The pageant was caught in controversy after Donald Trump sparked outrage with his comments where he described Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists while announcing his GOP presidential nomination. The top-10 finalist modeled a form-fitting silver gown, and even seamlessly removed its detachable skirt before she tripped during her walk off stage. HGTV’s Jonathan Scott, former NFL star Emmitt Smith, actor and TV personality Terrence Jenkins and former Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera, all dropped out from judges’ panel following Trump’s comments.

Hingle/AP) After weeks of controversy generated by Trump’s comments bashing Mexican immigrants, the pageant passed with no mention of the real estate mogul who was not in attendance. Jordan stood out with her response to a question about what topic should be the focus of national discussion in the wake of debate around excessive violence by police, the Confederate flag and same-sex marriage.

Jordan, who took up the crown from last year’s winner, Nia Sanchez of Nevada, was a standout during the interview segment when each contestant was asked two questions and given 30 seconds to answer each. During the second interview question about which woman should be put on the new $10 bill, she initially said she wish the television star Oprah Winfrey was eligible before ending by suggesting Harriet Tubman, a former slave who led other escaped slaves to freedom. We are still having problems, and we keep hearing about new issues that are coming up,” she told the judges before ending confidently with the gusto of a political speech. “We really need to work on being an accepting society and being a society where every single person, no matter your race, no matter your gender, is given the same rights and privileges and opportunities.” Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra, 22, took a stand for capitalism, saying America is the land of opportunity, CEOs work hard enough for their money and no government regulation of exec pay is needed. The annual contest, generally known for its dazzling dresses and sexy swimsuits, was this year under an uncomfortable spotlight due to comments made by Trump, the pageant’s co-owner. We need the people to remind us — especially politicians — to remind us what to do and when to do wrong,” she finally answered, seemingly evading the question about political correctness.

Where others flubbed or appeared unsure of what to say, Jordan appeared confident and polished when asked what the next big issue is that the U.S. needs to tackle; she answered race relations. ReelzChannel owner and billionaire Stan Hubbard told Forbes on Monday that a segment on contestants from immigrant families and some of the interview questions were done on purpose by the pageant, in light of the Trump controversy. “I think that diversity and immigration have always been important values for the Miss USA/Miss Universe pageant, so it would have been touched on. Miss Hawaii Emma Wo competes in the swimsuit competition during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Amid the contestants’ blunders the Miss USA highlighted its beauties’ diverse backgrounds — what seemed to be a jab at Donald Trump, who co-owns Miss Universe and Miss USA. But at the Sunday show, the organization ran segments on contestants celebrating their diversity: Miss California is the daughter of an immigrant from Nicaragua and Miss Arizona grew up in a “multicultural” community.

The preliminary contest was held earlier this week and then the number of women remaining was progressively narrowed during the course of Sunday evening’s telecast. Jordan, of Tulsa, Oklahoma attended Boston University, where she earned a B.S. in Health Science and was a group fitness instructor and a personal trainer. Paula Shugart, who heads the Miss Universe Organization, thanked the CEO of Reelz and the returning pageant winners for stepping in to help during a news conference Sunday.

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