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NBC drops Miss Universe, finds new home on Fox

The 64th annual Miss Universe Pageant will air live from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Fox this year, The Miss Universe Organization and IMG said Wednesday.

Miss USA/Miss Universe President Paula Shugart said in an interview that the organization had been searching for a new network home since the beginning of the summer. At the least, the organization intended to stream the event.

“That’s going to be a big focus for us as well,” Shugart said to EW in July. “I kind of liken it to when the Golden Globes aired during the writer’s strike [in 2008]. Obviously, they couldn’t do their typical Golden Globes show, but that event went on and it was different the year of the strike. That’s kind of the approach I’m taking to this.”

Well, no strike was necessary.

After Trump’s controversial comments about Latinos, which he made after he launched his presidential campaign, NBC cut ties with him and the Miss USA/Miss Universe pageants. The GOP presidential contender bought all rights to the pageant and then sold it to the Los Angeles-based WME/IMG in September.

Also, Univision decided not to move forward with a Spanish-language simulcast of the Miss USA pageant, according to Entertainment Weekly. Trump sued the company for $500 million for dropping the pageant.

And finally, the pageant landed in the hands of Fox. The event, at which reigning Miss Universe Paulina Vega of Colombia will hand off her crown to her successor, will air on NBC on Sunday, Dec. 20.

This is a little earlier than last year. Well will see what happens with the ratings. The Sunday before Christmas isn’t the best time for the three-hour show, and Sunday sports scheduling can be rough.

Fox also picked up the domestic rights to the Miss USA pageant, which will return this summer. “The Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants are iconic television events loved by generations of viewers around the world,” David Madden, Fox Broadcasting Company’s president of entertainment, said in a statement. “We are very excited to partner with IMG and The Miss Universe Organization to infuse a fresh new energy into these perennial broadcast favorites.”

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Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com