NBC Dumps Donald Trump
'Respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values'
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2015 1:30 PM CDT
Updated Jun 29, 2015 1:46 PM CDT
This June 16, 2015, file photo shows developer Donald Trump in New York as he delivers remarks during his announcement that he will be a Republican candidate for president.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Newser) – Donald Trump apparently doesn't have NBC's vote. This, from the company today: "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." The Miss USA pageant will not air on NBC on July 12 as previously scheduled, reports CNN. That pageant, along with Miss Universe, had been jointly owned by NBC and the GOP candidate, NBC News reports. The AP notes that Trump has said he will no longer appear on The Apprentice; per NBC, Celebrity Apprentice will continue without him.

The news followed the creation of a petition that was asking for this very thing, and had garnered more than 215,000 signatures as of NBCUniversal's announcement. "I grew up wondering if Rachel and Ross would stay together, my favorite psychiatrist would finally have a relationship, and trying to figure out if George was really the master of his own domain," Guillermo Castaneda Jr. wrote in his Change.org plea to the network to cancel the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, as well as Trump's Celebrity Apprentice. "I watched show after show in the good and the bad times. … Which is why I am wondering as to why the Latinos are being treated as second class citizens."