3:38pm PT by Paige Phelan
Miss USA Pageant Hires New Hosts in Wake of Trump Scandal
Get your swimsuits on and ready your talents — the Miss USA Pageant will go on.
The event, which has been embroiled in scandal after pageant owner (and Republican presidential candidate) Donald Trump’s controversial comments on immigration, has found its new hosts in Todd Newton and Alex Wehrley, the Reelz channel confirmed Tuesday. Newton, a Daytime Emmy-winning TV presenter, and Wehrley, herself a former Miss Wisconsin USA in 2011, will be joined by OK! TV host Julie Alexandria, who will comment on the event from backstage.
The trio replaces original hosts Cheryl Burke, Thomas Roberts and Jeannie Mai, who all dropped out in protest after Trump’s offensive comments on Mexican immigrants. Newton has hosted the event previously in 2001.
In the wake of the Trump scandal, the pageant has been forced to bear the brunt of the criticism. The pageant was dropped from NBC (before moving to Reelz), had Latin American countries such as Panama drop out and lost other participants, including Flo Rida and former NFL player Emmitt Smith.
The pageant hasn’t been the only area of controversy for Trump. NBC has severed ties with the mogul, while Macy’s and other sponsors have dropped him as a partner. He also is suing Univision for $500 million for contract breach regarding the Miss USA Pageant.