Trump's beauty pageant woes mount with more TV drop-outs over his remarks about immigrants

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Fallout from Donald Trump's remarks about immigrants from Mexico continued Tuesday as a TV company backed by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim said it was scrapping a project in development with the outspoken mogul, and Mexico announced it won't be sending a contestant to the Miss Universe contest, which Trump partly owns.

Ora TV became the latest company to cut ties with Trump over remarks he made in his recent presidential campaign kickoff speech, declaring that some Mexican immigrants bring drugs and crime to the U.S. and are rapists.

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The company did not give any details about the project it had been developing with Trump. Slim holds a majority interest in Ora TV, which produces shows including "Larry King Now" and "Off the Grid with Jesse Ventura."

Spanish-language network Univision and Mexican media giant Televisa have also said they would no longer be doing business with Trump.

Last week, Univision announced it was cancelling plans to air the Miss USA pageant next month and the Miss Universe competition next January.

NBC followed suit on Monday by saying it would also skip both pageants, which it co-owns with Trump, and would not welcome Trump back to host "The Celebrity Apprentice" upon its scheduled return next season.

NBC said it would fill Miss USA's time slot on July 12 with "American Ninja Warrior's" USA vs. the World Competition.

Trump called NBC "weak" and "foolish" for objecting to his immigration comments. He has threatened legal action against both NBC and Univision.

The Miss Universe contest will not only be missing those TV outlets, but also a contestant from Mexico, the country's national beauty pageant director confirmed on Tuesday.

Lupita Jones said via her official Twitter account that she was offended and angry "like everyone else" with Trump over his comments referring to Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists.

Jones was Miss Universe 1991 and runs the Mexico competition. She said Trump damaged the pageant and its tradition of convening countries for an event that showcases "friendship, unity and breaking down cultural barriers."

She applauded Televisa's decision not to air the pageant.


Associated Press reporters Mae Anderson in New York and Katherine Corcoran in Mexico City contributed to this report.