US television network NBC Universal has ended its relationship with Donald Trump over his derogatory comments about Mexican immigrants.
The television network, which has been under pressure to fire the veteran businessman, said the company would not be airing Trump’s Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.
“Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBC Universal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump. Respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” the statement said.
During his speech announcing his bid for US Republican nomination earlier this month, Trump accused Mexicans of being responsible for drugs and crime in the US.
"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some I assume are good people, but I speak to border guards, and they tell us what we are getting," he said in his speech on 16 June.
He went onto say he would build a “great wall” and make Mexico pay for it because Mexico is “sending” people who are rapists, drug dealers and criminals.
NBC came under pressure from Hispanic advocacy groups to end Trump’s shows, with more than 200,000 people signing a petition on the Change.org website.
"Please cancel Miss USA, Miss Universe and the Apprentice," the petition read. "You are supporting a hateful and narcissistic individual without any kind of values, both personal and business wise. Not only that, but you are supporting a growing trend of bigotry and division in this country."
After NBC’s announcement, Trump said in a statement he stood by his statements on illegal immigrants, which he said are accurate.
“NBC is weak, and like everybody else is trying to be politically correct – that is why our country is in serious trouble,” he said.
He also said the company violated its contract and added “their contract violating closure of Miss Universe/Miss USA will be determined in court.