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Top left, clockwise: Helú, Trump, and the Miss USA Pageant

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – First, it was Univision that severed its relationship with Donald Trump.  Now NBC Universal has followed suit.

Both networks are partners with Trump who owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants.  The pageants have always been aired on Univision and NBC.

The souring of Trump’s relationships with the networks was an offshoot of the business mogul’s comments when he announced his candidacy for president of the United States. During that announcement, he promised that if elected, he would close the southern border so that Mexico would stop sending “rapists, drug addicts and criminals.”

Miss USA which is scheduled on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will not be aired by either network.  The pageant’s future and that of Miss Universe remain unknown.

Until now.

The second richest man in the world, Mexican Carlos Slim Helú, just offered to buy the Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants from Trump for an undisclosed amount.

Known as the “Warren Buffett of Mexico,” Helú’s current net worth is estimated at $71.2 Billion, second only to that of Bill Gates.

“I want to give Trump a dose of his own medicine,” Helú said. ” If he thinks we Mexicans are nothing but rapists, addicts and criminals, then this Mexican wants him out for good — from Miss USA, Miss Universe and from all other his other business holdings. I will continue to buy him out.”

Both Univision and NBC Universal said that if Helú succeeds in buying the pageants from Trump, they would be happy to re-establish their partnership with the popular beauty contests.

The Adobo Chronicles® was unsuccessful in reaching Trump for comment or reaction to the proposed purchase.



Trump, left, and Univision CEO Randy Falco
Trump, left, and Univision CEO Randy Falco

CITY OF DORAL, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles®) – The ongoing rift between Miss Universe Pageant owner Donald Trump and Univision has escalated in just the last 24 hours, and Mexico is turning out to be the biggest loser.

The rift began when Trump announced that he was running for president of the United States. During that announcement, the business mogul promised that if elected, he would close the southern border so that Mexico would stop sending “rapists, drug addicts and criminals.”

Reacting to Trump’s remarks, Univision, the largest Spanish-language network, said it will not be airing the upcoming Miss U.S.A. pageant or the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant.

Trump was unapologetic and today sent a strongly-worded letter to the Univision’s CEO, banning the network’s personnel from setting foot on the golf course and facilities of the Trump National Doral Miami, site of last year’s Miss Universe Pageant.

In addition, Trump said he was seriously considering Acapulco in Mexico as the site for the 2016 Miss Universe Pageant.  But now that Univision has decided not to air the pageant, Trump said he is inclined to choose Manila in the Philippines as the site for the 2016 pageant.  If held in Manila, the pageant will be broadcast live from the Mall of Asia.

Earlier, Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries in South America threatened to boycott the Miss Universe Pageant because of Trump’s tirade about Mexicans.

Upon hearing the news, current Miss Philippines-Universe title holder Pia Wurtzbach expressed disappointment because she said she had looked forward to traveling Mexico for the 2016 pageant.


2013 Miss Universe Gabriela Isler with Donald Trump
2013 Miss Universe Gabriela Isler with Donald Trump

MIAMI, Florida (The Adobo Chronicles ®) – Real Estate mogul and owner of the Miss Universe Pageant Donald Trump announced last week he is running for president of the United States.  In his  kick-off speech, he said that if elected, he will build a “great wall” on the border and make Mexico pay for it because Mexico is sending immigrants who are rapists, drug dealers and criminals.

Now, Trump is eating his own words and is suffering from constipation.

Univision, the leading Spanish-language network has announced that it is firing Donald Trump.  The network will not be airing the Miss U.S.A. Pageant scheduled for July 12 because of Trump’s “offensive remarks about Mexican immigrants.” “Neither are we airing the next Miss Universe Pageant,” it said.

Mexico and other  Spanish-speaking countries in South America constitute the largest share of audiences for the highly popular international beauty competition.  Representatives of Mexico and other Latin countries consistently fare very well in the competition and collectively have the most number of Miss Universe crowns.

There is growing speculation that Mexico and the other Latin countries may not be sending any representatives to the Miss Universe Pageant this year because of Trump’s racist remarks.

That would spell big trouble for Trump because without the Latin candidates, the Miss Universe Pageant would not generate the kind of huge audiences that it usually enjoys.

Because the Philippines has very close ties with Mexico and most countries in South America, local Philippine networks are also contemplating about not airing the Miss Universe Pageant.

Stella Marquez-Araneta, head of the Binibining Pilipinas Charities which holds the Philippine franchise for the Miss Universe Pageant, told The Adobo Chronicles® that she plans to eliminate the Miss Philippines-Universe crown and try to buy the local franchise for the Miss World Pageant instead.

Is this the end for Miss Universe?