Trump's Miss USA Pageant Finds New Home
It will air July 12 on Reelz channel
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2015 8:36 AM CDT
In this June 16, 2013, file photo, Donald Trump, left, and Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady pose onstage after Brady won the 2013 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Jeff Bottari, File)

(Newser) NBC's loss is another channel's gain, apparently: Independent network Reelz has acquired the rights to the Miss USA pageant, which CEO Stan Hubbard hails as "an integral part of American tradition." He made no mention of the anti-Mexico comments that caused NBC, Univision, and a host of others to back away from co-owner Donald Trump.

Though few details of the acquisition are known, Reelz says the pageant will air as scheduled on July 12, the AP reports. That means organizers will be rushing to fill the spots of those who've dropped out, including both co-hosts, as many as four of five judges, and all three announced performers: Rapper Flo Rida, country singer/The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd, and pop singer Natalie La Rose. (Surprise: Trump is sticking to his guns regarding Mexico.)