As you may remember, the pageant used to be co-owned by Trump and aired for years on NBC. That is, until this past June, when Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists” during his presidential campaign announcement. Univision subsequently refused to air the Miss USA Pageant, and NBC followed suit by cutting all ties with Trump.
The Miss USA pageant quickly wound up on the little-watched Reelz network. Trump was a no-show, but his recent incendiary comments clouded the event — especially as Miss Texas, Ylianna Guerra, who comes from an immigrant family, won second place.
The pageant will air on Fox a bit earlier compared with last year; a Sunday right before Christmas isn’t exactly the ideal spot for the three-hour broadcast, but scheduling on Sundays is rough with Fox and football season. The network also picked up the domestic rights to the Miss USA pageant, which airs in the summer.