Donald Trump Says He Bought Out NBC, Now Owns All of Miss Universe Organization
NBC dropped the pageant following the presidential hopeful's controversial comments about Mexican immigrants
Donald Trump announced Friday that he owns the entirety of the Miss Universe Organization almost three months after NBC dropped the Miss USA pageant following the presidential hopeful’s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.
“Just purchased NBC’s half of The Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against them,” Trump, 69, tweeted. “Now own 100% — stay tuned!”
An NBC source confirms the news to PEOPLE. Miss Universe did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The real estate tycoon filed a $500 million lawsuit again Univision – a Spanish-language subsidiary of NBC – in June.
“This is part of the campaign,” the former Apprentice host told PEOPLE in July. “It shows that we don’t back down, it shows that I protect the border and it shows that we don’t want [undocumented immigrants] coming into the country.”
In a June 16 campaign speech, Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” who bring drugs and crime to the United States.