NBC is ending its business relationship with Donald Trump following the presidential hopeful’s comments about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.
"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," NBC said in a statement.
NBC said it would no longer air the annual "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants, which had been a joint venture with Trump.
Trump has already indicated he will not be taking part in the television show "The Apprentice."
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"'Celebrity Apprentice' is licensed from Mark Burnett's United Artists Media Group and that relationship will continue," NBC said in the statement.
Trump responded to NBC's decision after attending an event in Chicago Monday, saying, "I've had a great relationship with them." He added that NBC didn't want him to run for president because "they wanted me to do 'The Apprentice.'"
"And now with my statements on immigration, which happen to be correct, they are going to take a different stance and that's OK," Trump continued. "Whatever they want to do is OK with me."
"I think as far as ending the relationship, I have to do that because my view on immigration is much different than the people at NBC," he said.