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Miss Universe, Miss USA on Fox after NBC drop

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The 64th annual Miss Universe Pageant will air live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas this year on Fox, IMG and The Miss Universe Organization announced Wednesday. 

NBC cut ties with Donald Trump and the Miss USA/Miss Universe pageants following the controversy surrounding Trump’s comments regarding Latinos which he made after launching his presidential campaign. Univision decided to not move forward with the Spanish-language simulcast of the Miss USA pageant, as well.

According to an interview with Miss USA/Miss Universe president Paula Shugart, the organization began searching for a new home for the pageant earlier this summer, and at minimum planned to stream the event. 

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“That’s going to be a big focus for us as well,” Shugart told EW back in July. “I kind of liken it to when the Golden Globes aired during the writer’s strike [in 2008]. Obviously, they couldn’t do their typical Golden Globes show, but that event went on and it was different the year of the strike. That’s kind of the approach I’m taking to this.

Trump recently announced he’d bought NBC’s stake in the Miss Universe Organization, and settled “all lawsuits against them.”

The new deal also secures Fox the domestic rights to air the Miss USA Pageant. 

“The Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants are iconic television events loved by generations of viewers around the world,” Fox Broadcasting Company’s president of entertainment, David Madden, said in a statement. “We are very excited to partner with IMG and The Miss Universe Organization to infuse a fresh new energy into these perennial broadcast favorites.”

The upcoming pageant will air Sunday, Dec. 20 on Fox. 

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