The Miss USA pageant appears to be without a host again as TV personality Jeannie Mai steps down to protest Donald Trump’s “ongoing antics.”
The pageant takes place Sunday in Baton Rouge, La. It’s unclear who will host the pageant now.
Mai, a co-host of the talk show “The Real,” typically hosts behind-the-scenes moments during the pageant broadcast. But she stepped into the role of host after the original hosts, Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts, quit after Trump’s recent controversial comments about Mexicans.
Last week Mai explained her emotional decision to Entertainment Tonight, saying she supported “every single woman that is standing on that stage that understands what it's like to be committed to getting to where they are right now.
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“If this one man is going to make these comments it's going to stop you from representing your family and what you believe in? No, not for me at least.”
Mai said at the time that her family supported her decision to stay with the pageant.
“My mom, I'm so proud of her,” she told ET. “She called me and she literally was like, 'This is why I came from Vietnam. This is why I got on the boat and escaped communism to be here ... You get to go and tell the world what it is to live a life from an immigrant family and how to do so much change with who you are right now.’”
But Mai posted a quick about-face on her Facebook page on Monday, saying she had decided to host the show because she was “under the impression that Mr. Trump would no longer be involved in the production of the show in any capacity whatsoever.” But that apparently isn’t happening.
As of Tuesday, more than 6,600 people had “liked” her Facebook post.
“Last week I announced my heart-felt decision to support the women of Miss USA by remaining on board as a co-host,” she wrote.
“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.”
Mai apparently referenced a tweet Trump posted on Sunday calling Pauline Vega, the reigning Miss Universe, a “hypocrite” because Vega condemned his comments about Mexicans but is keeping her crown.
The Colombian beauty queen last week called Trump’s remarks “hurtful and unfair” but said she wouldn’t resign because the Miss Universe organization does such important work for communities in need.