Three decades after Vanessa Williams was forced to resign as Miss America when nude photos of her were published in a magazine without her consent, Williams returned to the pageant as a judge. But before she sat down on Sunday night, she appeared on stage and received a very public, personal apology from the organization's chief executive.
"I have been a close friend of this beautiful and talented lady for 32 years. You have lived your life in grace and dignity, and never was it more evident than during the events of 1984 when you resigned," Sam Haskell said. "Though none of us currently in the organization were involved in, on behalf of today's organization, I want to apologize to you and to your mother, Miss Helen Williams. I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less than the Miss America you are, and the Miss America you always will be."
The audience gave a standing ovation and cheered as the cameras focused on Williams' mother, who was on the verge of tears.
Arnold will replace the Donald
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has been selected to fill Donald Trump's shoes on "The Celebrity Apprentice." NBC announced Monday that the movie star and two-term governor is the new host of the competition show, which will return to the network for the 2016 television season. Trump made the show a success, with first regular folks and then celebrities competing in business-related tasks. In seven seasons, NBC said "The Celebrity Apprentice" has helped raise more than $15 million for charity. There's no word on whether Schwarzenegger will replace Trump's "you're fired" catchphrase with his own "you're terminated."
And speaking of Donald Trump …
The talent management company WME/IMG says it has acquired the Miss Universe organization from Donald Trump. Monday's announcement comes on the heels of Trump's announcement last week that he bought out NBCUniversal's interest in the property, which includes the Miss Universe, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants. NBCUniversal's sale to the developer and GOP presidential front-runner completed a divorce that began in June when NBC said it was ending its business relationship with Trump, with whom it had partnered in the pageant joint venture. The network decided to sever ties with Trump after comments he made about Mexican immigrants and other inflammatory remarks during his presidential campaign kickoff speech.