What’s Next For Trump And NBC?
Now that NBC has said it’s breaking up with real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the question is whether the network really can sideline the perennial self-promoter.
The standoff started when Trump, at his campaign kickoff, promised he’d get tough on immigration as president, saying this about Mexicans entering the U.S. illegally: “(They’re) bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”
The comments created an immediate backlash. Univision was the first TV network to dump Trump, canceling its Spanish-language broadcast of the Miss USA Pageant, which Trump owns.
NBCUniversal later said it, too, would cancel the July 12 Miss USA broadcast, as well as the Miss Universe Pageant. NBC and Trump are co-owners of the Miss Universe organization.
Will Trump and NBC remain business partners? So far, there has been no indication from either side about whether one side will buy out the other or perhaps sell their share to a third party. Trump has threatened to sue.
The future of Trump’s participation in NBC’s reality contest show, “The Apprentice,” is also in flux. NBC spokesmen say the show will go on, but not with Trump as host. But the show is produced by TV reality show icon Mark Burnett, and if he stands by Trump, it’s possible that NBC would have to acquiesce, or cancel the show.
So, will NBC and Trump make their breakup official or will they make up if it’s to their mutual benefit? Stay tuned.