Donald Trump becomes sole owner of Miss Universe

Agence France-Presse
Donald Trump becomes sole owner of Miss Universe
Donald announces he purchased NBC's share of the pageant

NEW YORK, USA – Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump announced he has purchased NBC’s half of Miss Universe Friday,  September 11 taking sole ownership after the station refused to broadcast the pageant in July. 

NBC and Spanish-language Univision both declined to air the show following the business mogul’s controversial comments on Mexican immigrants, leading to a breakdown in their relationship. (READ: Mexico pulls out of Miss Universe pageant)

“Just purchased NBC’s half of The Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against them. Now own 100% – stay tuned!” Trump tweeted.


NBC had produced and transmitted the pageant since June 2002. Trump is also no longer appearing in the NBC reality show The Apprentice, where he had been a star attraction. 

A CNN/ORC poll found Trump surging to 32% support nationally, becoming the first in the broad Republican field to top 30 percent in the race for the White House. (READ: Costa Rica withdraws support for Donald Trump’s Miss Universe pageant)

Trump’s campaign has been infused with controversy stemming from his disparaging remarks about Mexicans, women and fellow Republican rivals. –

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