Updated Tuesday: Miss USA spokeswoman Jackie Shahinian confirmed Tuesday that the pageant Sunday will stream on the Miss USA website in addition to being broadcast on the Reelz channel.

Though the Reelz channel rescued the Miss USA pageant last week after NBC and Univision dropped their broadcasts, Cox Communications does not carry the Reelz network. Cox said Monday that they have no plans to add the Reelz channel or air the Miss USA pageant, leaving many of Baton Rouge's television watchers without a venue to see their city showcased while the Miss USA contestants face off for the crown.

Miss USA has lost a slew of supporters since owner Donald Trump said in a presidential campaign speech that Mexico was sending people who brought rape, drugs and crime into the United States. The last host left standing, Jeannie Mai, announced late on Monday that she would no longer be part of the pageant after previously pledging her support to stick with it.

In a message on her Instagram page, Mai said "Trump's ongoing antics" led her to drop out.

The pageant now has no hosts and no performers lined up for the competition that is a few days away. Shahinian said information on new hosts and new performers is forthcoming.

One week ago, hosts Cheryl Burke — known for her long stint on “Dancing with the Stars” — and MSNBC Live host Thomas Roberts pulled out of co-hosting the pageant. Rapper Flo Rida, singer Natalie LaRose and country artist Craig Wayne Boyd also canceled their performances for the pageant, according to reports from The Associated Press.

The Miss USA pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Baton Rouge River Center. A number of tickets are still available on the Ticketmaster website, with prices ranging from $75 to $200.

Original story

A small movement is afoot to persuade Cox Communications to air Sunday’s Miss USA pageant, but cable company representatives say they have no plans to broadcast the competition that NBC and Univision dropped last week.

The Reelz channel — available to AT&T, DirectTV and Dish Network customers, but not on Cox — came to Miss USA’s rescue late last week after the pageant suffered multiple blows, including two national networks dropping coverage and performers, hosts and judges withdrawing. The participants, and networks, dissociated themselves from the pageant following recent comments about Mexican immigrants by Miss Universe owner Donald Trump.

State and local officials who paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in incentives to draw the Miss USA pageant back to Baton Rouge for the second year said they were thankful for the continued exposure, though many acknowledged it wasn’t at the level of NBC.

Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard told The Advocate last week that he hoped their broadcast of the Miss USA pageant might persuade Cox to start carrying the network. And an online movement called Save the Sash, which initially circulated a petition to televise the Miss USA pageant after NBC dropped it, also is asking people to call Cox and ask it to air the pageant.

“As of now, we still have no plans to add the Reelz channel to the Cox lineup,” Cox spokeswoman Sharon Bethea said. “Cox was set to carry the pageant up until about a week ago when NBC and Univision both opted out of broadcasting it. While we have carriage agreements with NBC and Univision, we do not have a carriage agreement with Reelz.”

Without a carriage agreement, Bethea said Cox does not have the rights to air the pageant. She said the agreements are normally long-term deals that take into account customer demand and the cost and value of the program.

Bethea said Cox customers who want to watch the pageant should reach out to Miss USA about other viewing options. The Miss USA organization has not announced whether the pageant will live stream on its website — an option Miss Universe/Miss USA President Paula Shugart said last week was a possibility — since Reelz picked up the rights to air the pageant.

Miss USA representatives said last week that information about other ways of broadcasting the pageant was forthcoming.

As the Miss USA contestants enter their second week in Baton Rouge, it’s full-steam ahead until the pageant on Sunday. The contestants will face off in a preliminary competition Wednesday that will determine the top 15 finalists for Sunday.

But the Miss USA website still lists no performers and only one host. Many dropped out after Miss Universe owner Donald Trump, who is also a presidential candidate, said in a speech that Mexico was sending its criminals, including rapists and drug dealers, to the United States.

Since then, some companies — like NBC, Univision and Macy’s — have cut ties with Trump. Others, like the one host left standing, Jeannie Mai, and reigning Miss USA Nia Sanchez have said they disagree with his comments but will continue to support the pageant.

Most recently, Trump has gotten into a spat with reigning Miss Universe Paulina Vega. Vega, who is Colombian, posted on Instagram last week that she was offended by Trump’s statements.

“If the Miss Universe Organization shared any anti-Latin sentiments or any type of racial biases, I wouldn’t be in this position today,” she wrote. “I strongly believe that dividing and categorizing humankind only holds it back.”

Trump fired back Sunday on Twitter, calling Vega a hypocrite when she “criticized me for telling the truth about illegal immigration, but then said she would keep the crown.”

The Miss USA pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Baton Rouge River Center. A number of tickets are still available on the Ticketmaster website, with prices ranging from $75 to $200.