Fox picks up ‘Miss Universe’ pageant

29 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Donald Trump’s former Miss Universe pageant finds a new home — Fox.

Donald Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, booted from NBC after the Republican presidential candidate’s remarks about Mexican immigrants, have found a new home on Fox, the network says.

The Miss Universe pageant will air live on Fox on Dec. 20 from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, with the Miss USA pageant slated for sometime next year. Both telecasts had aired on NBC for the past 11 years, but over the summer the network cut ties with organization owner Donald Trump and backed out of broadcasting Miss USA just weeks before it was scheduled to air. “Miss Universe is a unique, global media property and this partnership with Fox marks a new era for the Miss Universe Organization as a whole,” said Michael Antinoro, IMG’s senior vp original content, in a statement. “As the broadcast leader in innovative and groundbreaking live events, Fox is the perfect partner as we look to implement new and exciting changes to this show and the franchise.” Added Fox Broadcasting entertainment president David Madden: “The Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants are iconic television events loved by generations of viewers around the world.

When NBC decided not to air Miss USA, Trump claimed he would file suit against the network: “If NBC is so weak and so foolish to not understand the serious illegal immigration problem in the United States, coupled with the horrendous and unfair trade deals we are making with Mexico, then their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court.” But in September, he announced he had bought out NBC’s stake in the pageant and had settled the other remaining legal issues. Trump was a no-show, but his recent incendiary comments clouded the event — especially as Miss Texas, Ylianna Guerra, who comes from an immigrant family, won second place. Trump wound up purchasing all rights to the pageant from NBCUniversal (he sued Univision for $500 million for dropping the pageant) and then sold the entire thing to the Los Angeles-based entertainment company WME/IMG in September.

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