Cheryl Burke was looking forward to hosting the Miss USA pageant for the first time, but she has stepped away from the assignment and released a statement on Tuesday saying she will not host the show. The former “Dancing with the Stars” professional dancer, along with others, have quit the pageant broadcast after NBC dropped the show and cut ties with owner Donald Trump after his negative remarks about immigrants, according to Entertainment Weekly on Thursday.
Cheryl Burke and her co-host, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, are the latest to quit the Miss USA pageant broadcast. Last week, Univision hosts Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente quit after Univision dropped the pageant. This leaves the pageant with no hosts. The 64th pageant that is scheduled to air on July 12 must find a new network and new hosts to broadcast the pageant.
Donald Trump has made no apologies for saying Mexicans coming into the United States are rapists and criminals. Instead, he had made good on his threat to sue. The real estate mogul filed a $500 million lawsuit against Univision for dropping the pageant.
Burke announced on her Facebook page that she cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year’s Miss USA pageant as its co-host. It makes sense for Burke to cut ties with the pageant because she is currently a star on NBC’s “I Can Do That.”
“Effective today I have withdrawn from my duties with Miss USA. Although I will not be there in person, I wish all of the contestants much luck as I know how hard they’ve all been working over the last year to try and realize their dreams.”
Christian Today reported that last week, Puerto Rican singer-actress Roselyn Sanchez and Chilean actor Cristián de la Fuente decided not to participate in the show because of the anti-immigrant speech of Miss Universe Organization owner Donald Trump. Univision dropped the pageant that it was going to simulcast in Spanish for the first time.
NBC will air “American Ninja Warrior” in the time slot that had been previously reserved for the Miss USA pageant. The pageant will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Nia Sanchez of Nevada will crown her successor at the end of the event. All fifty states and the District of Columbia competed for the crown. The winner will represent the USA in the Miss Universe 2015 competition. The public doesn’t know which network, if any, will air the Miss USA pageant.