NBC has told Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate and former star of “The Celebrity Apprentice” reality show, that he’s fired.
This excerpt is pulled from Alan Rappeport’s article, “NBC to Donald Trump: You’re Fired,” published by the New York Times on June 29, 2015.
After Trump made inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants, NBC said in a statement Monday that it was ending its business relationship with him.
Citing the derogatory statements, NBC said it would also no longer air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which were part of a venture between Trump and the network.
His comments on Mexico and immigration made his relationship with the network untenable, and he appears to have permanently lost NBC as a platform for “The Apprentice” or any other program.
Last week, Univision said it would no longer air Trump’s pageants after his remarks. Trump suggested that he might take legal action for breach of contract and banned Univision executives from using his golf course in Miami.
By Monday, a Change.org petition urging NBC to end its relationship with Trump had garnered more than 200,000 signatures, adding to pressure on the network to end the relationship.
Also on Monday, Ora TV, a production company co-founded by the Mexican billionaire, Carlos Slim Helú, and the TV personality, Larry King, canceled a program it was working on with some of Trump’s companies, Reuters reported.
At a news conference Monday in Chicago, Trump said he stood by his comments.