The Miss USA organization is half owned by Donald Trump. Univision and NBC backed out of airing the pageant after Trump’s incendiary comments about Mexican immigrants caused an outcry in June.
The pageant’s organizers then tried to seek out other distributors, like Reelz, which has entertainment shows including “Hollywood Hillbillies” and repeats of “Access Hollywood Live.”
Reelz says it’s available in 67 million of the roughly 100 million cable-connected homes in the United States. It is hard to find on some channel lineups, however.
“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,” Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of the Hubbard family-owned Reelz, said in a statement.
“As one of only a few independent networks, we decided to exercise our own voice and committed ourselves to bringing this pageant to American viewers everywhere,” he added.