Donald Trump says he's bought 100 percent of Miss Universe

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Donald Trump spokesman Michael Cohen confirmed the Republican presidential hopeful has purchased NBC's half of the Miss Universe Organization and settled all lawsuits against the media company.

The move, which Trump announced via Twitter on Friday morning, gives him full ownership of the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants and completes a divorce begun in June when NBC announced it was ending its business relationship with Trump, who had starred on the network as host of "The Celebrity Apprentice."

The network later said Trump would never be on "The Celebrity Apprentice" again.

Since he jumped into the presidential race, Trump has rocketed to the top of the GOP pack in the polls.

Trump's announcement came hours before he was scheduled to tape a guest appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" for Friday night's airing.

NBC would not comment on the purchase.

The network said in June it was severing ties with Trump because of comments he made about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign kickoff speech.

At the time, NBC said it would no longer air the annual Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which had been a joint venture between the company and Trump. Miss USA had aired on NBC since 2003. This year's edition had been set for July 12, but aired instead on cable's Reelz network.

Meanwhile, Univision cancelled its coverage of the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, which led to a $500 million lawsuit brought by Trump claiming his First Amendment rights were violated as well as claiming a breach of contract.

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Donald Trump says he's bought 100 percent of Miss Universe
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma is crowned on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma walks onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: (L-R) Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan, Miss Maryland Mame Adjei, Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia, Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra, and Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: (L-R) Hosts Todd Newton and Former Miss Wisconsin Alex Wehrley speak with Most Photogenic winner Miss Montana Tahnee Peppenger on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia, left, reacts after making the top fifteen during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan celebrates after winning the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan is crowned Miss USA by Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan celebrates after winning the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 08: Miss Oklahoma USA Olivia Jordan competes in the 2015 Miss USA preliminaries at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 8, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Maryland Mame Adjei walks onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Miss Louisiana Candice Marie Bennatt reacts after making the top fifteen during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA contestants onstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Miss Hawaii Emma Wo, left, is congratulated by Miss Kentucky Katie George after making the top fifteen during the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. H ingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Miss Oklahoma USA 2015 Olivia Jordan attends USO Operation That's My Dress at Center548 on May 24, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Michigan Rashontae Wawrzyniak poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Maryland Mame Adjei and contestants pose onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Travis Garland performs onstage with Miss USA contestants at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Arizona Maureen Ann Montagne and contestants pose onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Arizona Maureen Ann Montagne, Miss Illinois Renee Wronecki, Miss Kentucky Katie George, Miss New York Thatiana Diaz, and Miss Virginia Miss Virginia Laura Jordan Puleo pose onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Illinois Renee Wronecki prepares backstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
Contestants for Miss USA during the swimsuit competition of the 2015 Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Derick E. Hingle)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Virginia Laura Jordan Puleo poses onstage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Michigan Rashontae Wawrzyniak poses backstage with make up artist Lorena Garcia at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage during dress rehearsal at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan poses backstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: View of atmosphere backstage during dress rehearsal at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss California 2015 Natasha Alexis Martinez poses onstage at 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images for Miss USA)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JULY 12: Miss USA Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma poses on stage at the 2015 Miss USA Pageant Only On ReelzChannel at The Baton Rouge River Center on July 12, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Lee Celano/Getty Images for Miss USA)
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