In case you missed it: Donald Trump got FIRED!
Donald Trump has been dumped by TV network executives at NBC in the wake of the outrage his derogatory remarks about Mexican immigrants in America provoked.
A petition urging the TV bosses to sever links with the tycoon was launched last week and quickly sailed past the 180,000 signature mark, prompting the executives to act. Donald's critics were appalled by remarks he made during his presidential bid launch earlier this month, when he suggested the Mexicans in America were not the country's best people, stating: "The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems. When Mexico sends its people... they're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
And on Monday, NBC chiefs joined their counterparts at Spanish-language network Univision in cancelling their coverage of the upcoming Miss USA pageant, which Donald co-owns, and his other beauty shows. A statement reads: "At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. To that end, the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants, which are part of a joint venture between NBC and Trump, will no longer air on NBC."
Donald has already stated he plans to step down as the star of reality TV show The Apprentice, and his Celebrity Apprentice project is licensed from reality TV king Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group, so that relationship will continue at NBC. In an exclusive interview with Us Weekly on Friday, Donald refused to apologise for what he said about Mexicans in America, stating: "Everything that I said is correct. People are flowing through the borders and we have no idea who they are, where they're coming from." And he seemed unconcerned about the two major networks severing ties with Miss USA adding: "We'll get more people. We have many people that want to do this. We're just looking right now."
Responding to NBC's statement on Monday, Donald raged: "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." Donald also threatened Univision executives with legal action last week after they severed ties with the businessman and his Miss USA pageant in July.