Miss USA pageant rescued by Minnesota-owned Reelz network

The Miss USA pageant is being rescued by a channel owned by Minnesota’s Hubbard Broadcasting.

The Reelz channel will carry the pageant that was dropped by NBC after Donald Trump’s comments on immigrants from Mexico.

"They're sending people that have lots of problems. And they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime. They're rapists," he said in a stump speech June 16.

"The decision on the part of Reelz to acquire the rights to the Miss USA pageant was based on our belief that this special event, and the women who compete in it, are an integral part of American tradition," CEO Stan E. Hubbard said in a statement.

The Miss USA pageant will be televised on its originally scheduled date, Sunday, July 12.

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