Miss USA to be streamed online
BATON ROUGE - Despite losing its broadcast partners, hosts, and some sponsors, the Miss USA pageant will be seen outside of Baton Rouge.
According to reports the July 12 pageant will be streamed online at the Miss Universe website. This comes after NBC / Universal and Univision both dropped the show due to comments about Latino immigrants by Donald Trump.
The scandal has put Baton Rouge and Louisiana in a tough spot, as both the state and city-parish have promised to spend more than $500,000 on the pageant. On Tuesday Baton Rouge's tourism chief and mayor issued a joint statement on the issues surrounding the Miss USA pageant, while at the same time a Baton Rouge city councilman asked to have city funds held back.
John Delgado wrote to the city's chief administrator's officer, William Daniel, that he believes Miss USA is in breach of an agreement between the groups since NBC has dropped the event from its live coverage schedule.
"I believe that it would be a misuse of taxpayer funds to further subsidize this event," Delgado wrote. The city, the city tourism office and the state planned to spend more than $500,000 on the pageant in an effort to keep it in Baton Rouge for a second year in 2015.
Just before Delgado's letter went public, both Mayor Kip Holden and Paul Arrigo, President and CEO of Visit Baton Rouge, said their attention is on visitors and pageant attendees. The pair said through a spokesperson, no matter what happens with the telecast, Louisiana's unique hospitality will be co-starring with the women who are participating in the pageant.
"While we are disappointed with recent events, we want to make sure the Miss USA contestants, their families and visitors from all over experience Baton Rouge in the best way possible," the statement reads. "We want them to be welcomed with the warm southern hospitality that Baton Rouge is known for."
On Tuesday the pageant's hosts also backed out the show. NBC confirmed to CNN that Thomas Roberts will not host, after "Dancing With The Stars'" Cheryl Burke said she would not play host because of Trump's statements. This comes after both co-hosts of the Univision telecast, Roselyn Sanchez and Cristian de la Fuente, said they would not take part in the production.
A petition to get NBC to show the pageant also went viral on the Internet. More than a thousand people had signed the petition on the Change.org website as of Tuesday afternoon.
Miss USA will be crowned at the River Center on July 12. Read more HERE.