Donald Trump has found new hosts for this weekend’s Miss USA 2015 pageant, following the departure of the three original presenters.
Thomas Roberts, Cheryl Burke and Jeannie Mai were originally scheduled to host the event, but all quit over the last week because of Trump’s immigration row.
The mogul has been widely condemned for making inflammatory comments about Mexican immigrants, all of which he stands behind in spite of the controversy.
His Miss USA telecast was in danger of having no actual hosts, but now former E! News anchor Todd Newton, Miss USA Wisconsin 2009 Alex Wehrley and OK! TV‘s Julie Alexandria have stepped in.
The event is scheduled to go on as planned from Louisiana over the weekend.
NBC and Univision both announced in June that they would not air his Miss USA 2015 pageant, forcing Trump to move the telecast to Reelz.
Trump is already suing Univision, and has also vowed to take legal action against NBC for damaging the Miss USA brand.
Reelz president Stanley S Hubbard defended his network’s decision to air the pageant last week, while also distancing himself from Trump’s political views.
“Our carriage of this event should not be construed as anything political,” he explained.
“It is anything but – it is television, it is entertainment… We do not condone or agree with, in any way, any of these comments that Mr Trump has to say.”
The Miss USA 2015 pageant will be held at the Baton Rouge River Center in Louisiana on July 12.