Cheryl Burke, a 2002 graduate of Menlo-Atherton High School and a well-known professional dancer on the TV show "Dancing with the Stars," was to be the co-host of the Miss USA pageant on July 19, but no longer.
"In light of the recent statements made by Donald Trump and the subsequent decision by NBC to cut ties with Mr. Trump, I cannot in good conscience move forward with participating in this year's Miss USA Pageant," Ms. Burke posted on her Facebook page on June 30.
She was referring to remarks by business mogul Donald Trump in announcing his run for president, which included allegations about the criminal character of immigrants crossing the border from Mexico.
The immigrants, he said, were "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people".
Mr. Trump is a co-owner of the pageant. Joining Ms. Burke in separating herself from the pageant is her co-host, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts.
Ms. Burke was raised in Atherton and also graduated from La Entrada Middle School and Las Lomitas Elementary School.