Oh, how the catchphrase tables have turned.
Earlier today, we reported that critics of Donald Trump were petitioning NBC to fire the presidential candidate in response to his recent comments about immigration.
You’ve probably heard snippets of the Donald’s bigoted tirade by now, but here’s a choice quote to remind you of the hateful words that actually came out of the man’s mouth:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
Not surprisingly, calling an entire country a bunch of rapists didn’t go over well, and the fallout for Trump has been swift and harsh.
Within days of the speech going viral, Univision pulled out of airing the Miss Universe pageant, which is owned by Trump.
Today, NBC followed suit, issuing a statement explaining that Miss USA and Miss Universe will no longer air on the network.
"Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC Universal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump."
Of course, at the end of the day, the bottom line is the bottom line, and Trump’s Celebrity Apprentice remains a profitable show on a failing network.
Execs are using a loophole to justify its continued existence, stating that Trump has already said he won’t participate in the show while running for president. (They added that the series is produced by Mark Burnett and that "that relationship will continue.")
They were mum on the question of whether or not Trump will return to hosting the show after his presidential campaign fails miserably.
So NBC is taking a stand and playing it safe at the same time. We think it’s safe to say not all Trump-haters will be satisfied.