NBC is distancing itself from Donald Trump after he made offensive remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential candidacy speech last week.
The broadcaster released a statement on Thursday 25 June that said: “Donald Trump’s opinions do not represent those of NBC, and we do not agree with his positions on a number of issues, including his recent comments on immigration,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
The statement follows Univision’s announcement that it will no longer air NBC Universal’s Miss USA Pageant, which Trump partly owns, after he said that Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the US.
NBC airs Trump’s show ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ and the two also co-own the Miss Universe Organization.
In an interview with Politico on 25 June, Trump responded to Univision by accusing it of defaulting on a $13.5m contract that it had no right to terminate.
"They have no termination rights whatsoever. They've defaulted on their contract because of pressure put on them by Mexico,” he told Politico.
Trump has also taken to Twitter to defend himself:
Univision wants to back out of signed @MissUniverse contract because I exposed the terrible trade deals that the U.S. makes with Mexico.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2015