While some train wrecks manage to gather people all around them to try and help out, others send people running away as quickly as possible. This first chunk of Donald Trump’s run for the U.S. presidency has fallen firmly into the latter category, as his harsh words about immigrants have turned him into a pariah of sorts, and one of the latest casualties involves both hosts of the now-homeless Miss USA pageant leaving the event entirely.
Following NBC’s distancing themselves from Donald Trump, which includes the network backing out of their long-standing gig of airing the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts and Dancing with the Stars regular Cheryl Burke have officially dropped out of hosting the show, regardless of where it ends up. Not very surprising, since racially derogatory slants often cause bonds to break in the entertainment world. Here’s how Burke announced it through her Facebook page.
Though Roberts didn’t put out any kind of official statement, he offered good wishes on Twitter to the contestants and those still involved with the competition.
It’s now unclear who, if anyone, will step in for Miss USA hosting gigs. The telecast was originally set to air live from Baton Rouge on Sunday, July 12, and though it’s possible that another network will sign a deal to broadcast the event, no one has done so yet. NBC will be airing the “USA vs. the World” competition from American Ninja Warrior in that timeslot.
Burke and Roberts drop out days after the exits of Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, who were going to be the co-hosts for the Spanish simulcast on Univision. Not that Miss USA will be on Univision, either, as that company was the first to break their contract with Trump and Miss USA. Trump is reportedly suing them for $500 million, with another court case being brought against NBC.
In other news, Macy’s has also given Trump the boot and will no longer carry his clothing line, which the department store has sold for over 10 years. Maybe in a few years, Trump will show up as a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice, wearing a fake mustache and glasses. Expensive ones, of course.