The Miss USA Pageant‘s new hosts have been announced, replacing the show’s original emcees just days before the Sunday telecast.
Game show host Todd Newton and former Miss Wisconsin USA Alex Wehrley have signed on for hosting duties, along with Julie Alexandria of OK! TV, who will comment from back stage, according to the Associated Press.
The replacements come after most of the program’s hosts, presenters and judges bowed out of the annual pageant in the wake of co-owner of Miss Universe Donald Trump‘s controversial comments about Mexican immigrants.
Trump described Mexican immigrants as “rapists” who are “bringing drugs” and “bringing crime” to the United States, while announcing his 2016 Presidential candidacy.
The real estate tycoon’s harsh description prompted both Thomas Roberts and Cheryl Burke to resign as Miss USA co-hosts.
“In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year s Miss USA Pageant as its co-host,” Burke, 31, wrote on Facebook last week.
Jeannie Mai, who initially vowed to remain as a co-host of the program, announced on Tuesday that she would, in fact, also be stepping down.
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Several of the pageant’s judges have withdrawn from the competition broadcast as well, including Emmitt Smith and Jonathan Scott of The Property Brothers.
Flo Rida and country singer Craig Wayne Boyd, who were originally scheduled to perform, will no longer be gracing the Baton Rouge, Louisiana stage, according to the AP.
Trump’s comments also negatively impacted his Miss Universe pageant, prompting Mexico to pull out of the annual international competition.