The Donald Trump controversy has trickled down to "The Real" co-hosts Tamar Braxton and Jeannie Mai who are having a difference of opinions on Mai's participation in his Miss Universe pageant.
The billionaire real estate mogul recently came under fire for his remarks on illegal immigrants, calling them "killers and rapists." He's since been dumped by Univision and NBC Universal who've decided against airing his Miss Universe pageant.
Former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith and HGTV "Property Brothers" star Jonathan Scott also backed out of judging the annual competition as a result of Trump's comments. Yet Mai, the show's co-host, is standing strong in support of the ladies.
She wrote on Instagram:
"While I absolutely do not condone Mr. Trump's statements, after careful deliberation I have decided to continue my role as co-host of the upcoming Miss USA Pageant. For the past several years, I have been co-hosting both Miss USA and Miss Universe aligned to support President Paula Shugart. I can't abandon these women when they need our support now more than ever. The mission of the Miss Universe organization has always been to unite women from all over the world and celebrate different cultures. They empower women to become role models in their communities in order to build self-esteem and advance philanthropic initiatives. It is truly unfortunate that recent events have overshadowed the amazing work these women have been doing, but the goals of their organization have not changed. Through the years I've experienced a wide variety of inspiring stories. I've met women who used the pageant to help fund their education. I got to know winners like Miss Universe Leila Lopes who used the platform to bring so much positive attention to emerging countries like Angola. There are countless stories of real women working hard to impact social change. My entire career has been driven by my inspiration to celebrate women and their potential. I hope everyone can transcend this controversy so we don’t lose sight of that. As long as there is one woman standing there on that stage, I intend to be standing there beside her."
As you might imagine, Braxton wasn't taking that explanation. She found her way to Mai's comments section to tell her to take several seats.
"Wait.. What??? No MAM!!!! @thejeanniemai you REALLY tried it!! #have several [seat emojis] #gtfoh," she wrote.
Once commenters caught wind of Braxton's response, they assumed there was trouble in "The Real" paradise, to which she replied: "I actually love @thejeanniemai I said NOTHING different that what I would have said at work with someone I respect but yet, disagree with so let's not make this WAR kids... I just don't agree."
And there you have it.
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