GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump announced via Twitter on Friday that he is now the sole owner of the Miss USA and Miss Universe beauty pageants.

The pageants were the first business casualty from Trump's remarks at his presidential kickoff in June where he called some Mexican immigrants "rapists." Amid the firestorm that followed, NBC, which shared ownership of the pageants with Trump, cut all ties with the mogul and refused to air the Miss USA pageant in July.

Spanish-language channel Univision was also supposed to broadcast the competition, but pulled out as well. Trump filed a $500 million lawsuit against them, but despite threats, did not also sue NBC.


Neither Trump nor NBC has disclosed the price Trump paid to take over the pageant organization.

Trump lost several business partnerships after his controversial remarks, but shot up in the GOP presidential polls — a trajectory that hasn't slowed since.

The 13-year relationship between Trump and NBC may now be over, but he hasn't blackballed the network. He's a frequent caller into MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program to discuss his presidential campaign, and will appear Friday night on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon.

We can only hope he slow jams this news.