Does Donald Trump Still Own the Miss Universe Pageant?
Donald Trump sold the Miss Universe Organization in 2015
With Miss Universe airing Sunday night amid news coverage of protests against President Donald Trump‘s entry ban on refugees and citizens of seven Muslim-majority nations, many are wondering if he is still connected to the international pageant.
Trump sold the Miss Universe Organization, which includes Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, in September of 2015. Talent agency and entertainment company WME/IMG bought the organization, but the financial details were not disclosed, according to Variety.
The deal came just days after Trump announced on Twitter that he had bought out NBC’s 51 percent share of the beauty pageant organization, which the network had co-owned with Trump since 2002.
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After selling Miss Universe in 2015, Trump praised the new owners and continued to promote the show, until Steve Harvey’s flub during last year’s pageant in which the talk show host announced the wrong winner.
In October, Fox agreed to a deal with the pageants’ new owners to air Miss Universe and Miss USA.
During Sunday’s broadcast, Harvey poked fun at last year’s blunder and said he’s moved on from the mistake.