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Miss USA: Another One Bites the Dust as Co-Host Jeannie Mai Drops Out

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By    |   Tuesday, 07 Jul 2015 01:31 PM

Miss USA pageant co-host Jeannie Mai announced Monday she is dropping out from the event after citing on Instagram that Donald Trump’s comments and “ongoing antics” are the reason behind the reversal of her original decision to stay on.

The final straw for Mai was Trump's comments concerning Miss Universe Paulina Vega in which Trump called the beauty queen a “hypocrite” in a Twitter post after she criticized him for comments he made about Mexican immigrants last month, noted Us Weekly.

“As a Colombian and Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community,” Vega, the reigning Miss Universe, wrote on Instagram last week. “I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back. Bending and embracing the differences that exist across humanity is the first step in actual and substantial development. We must strive together in order to improve the common good.”

Trump responded to Vega two days later on his Twitter, according to Us Weekly.



According to E! Online, Mai said on Instagram that she was under the impression that Trump would not be involved in the production of the pageant when she agreed to step up as co-host.

"Given Mr. Trump's ongoing antics, including his most recent episode today with the current Miss Universe, it is clear that Mr. Trump's actions have and will continue to distract focus away from the real stars of the show — the women involved in the pageant,” Mai posted.

 

To my friends & fans: Last week I announced my heart-felt decision to support the women of Miss USA by remaining on board as a co-host.  My focus was strictly on the women involved, who share the same ethics of hard work, commitment and passion for their careers and causes that I do. I have co-hosted for the last five years various Miss Universe events, and I’m grateful for the many women I’ve met and friends I’ve made along the way. I feel terrible that the women competing this year have fallen victim to current events. Let me be clear, I condemn the recent words of Mr. Trump, and find them immensely offensive. At the time I made my decision to remain part of the Miss USA pageant, I was under the impression that Mr. Trump would no longer be involved in the production of the show in any capacity what so ever. In addition, given Mr. Trump's ongoing antics, including his most recent episode today with the current Miss Universe, it is clear that Mr. Trump’s actions have and will continue to distract focus away from the real stars of the show - the women involved in the pageant. Therefore, I am respectfully withdrawing from my responsibilities and commitment as co-host of Miss USA.  From the beginning, I announced publicly that I was donating my compensation to a worthy charity. Although I will no longer be participating as a co-host, I still want to support the women competing in the pageant.  I feel the best way to show that is to lend my support to this year's winner of Miss USA and to make the donation I promised to her platform and charity. Ladies, you worked so hard to get here. I am proud of who you are and wish you the best of luck Sunday evening.

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“Therefore, I am respectfully withdrawing from my responsibilities and commitment as co-host of Miss USA. From the beginning, I announced publicly that I was donating my compensation to a worthy charity. Although I will no longer be participating as a co-host, I still want to support the women competing in the pageant. I feel the best way to show that is to lend my support to this year's winner of Miss USA and to make the donation I promised to her platform and charity."

Mai joins other Miss USA co-hosts, including Thomas Roberts, Cheryl Burke, Roselyn Sanchez, and Cristian de la Fuente, who have dumped their duties amid the Trump fallout. NBC, Univision, and Macy's have also cut ties with the real estate mogul, who jointly owns the Miss Universe organization along with NBCUniversal. 

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