Miss USA lost hosts Cheryl Burke and Thomas Roberts following co-owner Donald Trump's controversial stance on immigration – but one host vows to stay with the pageant.
PEOPLE has exclusively learned that Jeannie Mai, who took issue with the real estate tycoon's comments, remains committed to the pageant's cause and will be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 12 as planned.
"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," Mai, 36, says in a statement.
"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," Mai, who also hosts the daytime talk show The Real, continues. "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," continues the statement, "but the goals of their organization have not changed."
Presidential hopeful Trump, 69, offended many June 16 when he called Mexican immigrants "rapists" who bring "drugs" and "crime" across the border. Both NBC and Univision decided not to air Miss USA, and Colombian singer J Balvin canceled his performance. (Trump is now suing Univision for $500 million.)
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