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BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (The Adobo Chronicles® ) – Things seem to be turning up roses for the  beleaguered Donald Trump and his Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

After his disparaging remarks about Mexicans during his announcement for a bid to become the Republican nominee for president, Trump lost both Univision and NBC Universal which were home networks for the live television coverage of the pageants.

Luckily, Trump found an ally in the little known Reelz cable network which agreed to air the Miss USA pageant live from Baton Rouge, Louisiana on July 12.

But then, five co-hosts of the Miss USA pageant all dropped out from their duties, including Thomas Roberts, Cheryl Burke, Roselyn Sanchez, Cristian de la Fuente and Jeannie Mai.

Luck comes twice in a row so to speak, when the Philippines’ self-proclaimed queen of all  media and presidential sister Kris Aquino agreed to co-host the Miss USA pageant this weekend. “It has always been my dream to be the host of the Miss Universe Pageant,” Aquino said, “and I hope hosting the Miss USA pageant is a stepping stone towards that dream.” CNN’s Don Lemon is rumored to be Aquino’s co-host for Miss USA.

What is left for Trump is to deal with the fallout from participating Miss Universe countries. Mexico, Panama and the Philippines have  dropped out of the Miss Universe pageant, and other Latin American countries are expected to follow suit.

But perhaps with the prestige that Aquino brings to the pageant, the boycotting countries might very well change their minds.

Stay tuned.


Trump and Miss U.S.A. hopefuls
Trump and Miss U.S.A. hopefuls

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (The Adobo Chronicles®) – What if they held a beauty pageant and nobody watched it?

Well, that’s exactly what was going to happen to the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe pageants after NBC Universal and Univision both severed their relationship with pageant owner Donald Trump. The two networks fired Trump after his disparaging comments about Mexicans when he recently announced his candidacy for president of the United States.  Trump called Mexicans “rapists, drug addicts and criminals.”

The Miss U.S.A. pageant is scheduled on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and neither NBC nor Univision will air it.

Being the shrewd businessman that he is, Trump found a  way out of this debacle. He has enlisted Pay-Per-View (PPV) to air the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe Pageants. Yes, the same PPV that airs sports events, including the recent Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather boxing fight.

The Adobo Chronicles® learned that  Pay-Per-View, will charge subscribers $100 to watch a live broadcast of the pageant in English and $150 to watch it in Spanish.

Informed sources said that PPV and Trump will share the proceeds of the live broadcast at 50% a piece.

Whoever wins the Miss USA contest will represent the country in the Miss Universe pageant later this year.

The chances of Miss USA winning the Miss Universe crown this year has just increased a hundred fold because all the Spanish-speaking countries have decided not to send a representative to the pageant — countries like Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many others.  Latin candidates have consistently fared well in the Miss Universe pageant.

The Philippines, who has also been consistently in the top 10 finalists for Miss Universe,  is still deciding whether or not to send Miss Philippines  Pia Wurtzbach to the pageant.



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.