NBC said Monday that it is ending its business relationship with mogul and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump because of comments he made about immigrants during the announcement of his campaign.
NBC said it would no longer air the annual "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Trump has said he is no longer appearing in the television show "The Apprentice." NBC said "Celebrity Apprentice" will continue to go on without him.
"At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values. Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump," NBC said.
Last week, Univision said that it was canceling its coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants in the wake of Trump's statements. Among his remarks, the GOP hopeful portrayed immigrants from Mexico as "bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people."
Friend: Joni Mitchell had aneurysm
Joni Mitchell's friend and conservator said it was an aneurysm that sent the folk singer to the hospital in March. Conservator Leslie Morris acknowledged the aneurysm in a statement posted on Mitchell's website on Sunday, providing the first significant details on Mitchell's health status in the months since an ambulance was sent to her Los Angeles house to take her to the hospital. Morris says Mitchell is speaking — and speaking well — while recovering at home. She's unable to walk, but is expected to soon, Morris said.
Urban at Fair: Country music star Keith Urban has a grandstand date at the Minnesota State Fair, officials announced Monday. Urban's "Raise 'Em Up" tour will be at the fair on the night of Aug. 28. Tickets range from $49 to $64, and all seats are reserved. Tickets go on sale Thursday starting at 11 a.m. through Etix at etix.com or by calling 1-800-514-3849. They can also be bought at the State Fairgrounds ticket office.
stepping down: NPR said Melissa Block is stepping down as host of the flagship newsmagazine "All Things Considered" after 12 years anchoring the national broadcast. The public radio network said that Block will become a special correspondent for NPR, producing profiles, long-form stories and series on critical issues of the day. Block will also guest host NPR programs and develop podcasts from her reporting. Her last "All Things Considered" broadcast is Aug. 14.