Published: Sun, December 24, 2017
Global | By Enrique Rogers

President Of Miss America Organization Resigns Amid Scandal

President Of Miss America Organization Resigns Amid Scandal

The move, reported by The Huffington Post on Saturday, comes one day after the Miss America Organization board of directors voted to suspend CEO Sam Haskell pending an investigation into disparaging internal emails about contestants.

Gretchen Carlson - a pageant victor in 1989, a former board member of the Miss America Organization, and a former Fox journalist who sued Roger Ailes for sexual harassment and exposed a culture of terror at Fox News - was also regularly criticized and described as a "snake" and "INFUCKINGSANE". The resignations of Miss America leadership come after HuffPo published internal emails Thursday that feature Haskell calling a former Miss America victor "fat and gross" and joking that he's one of very few people who haven't had sex with her, according to USA Today.

Among the comments included in the report was a reference to former Miss America winners using a vulgar term for female genitalia that Haskell indicated he found to be amusing.

Josh Randle, the president and COO of the Miss America Organization, has submitted his resignation, a source familiar with the matter tells HuffPost. Like Weidner, Randle is staying on for several weeks to facilitate a smooth change of leadership, according to the MAO.

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After dealing with sagging ratings over the years, the scandal is the latest and most severe to rock the iconic beauty pageant in which young women compete for college scholarship money through categories that include bathing suit, talent and evening wear.

"As Miss Americas, we strongly reject the mischaracterizations of us both collectively and individually. Moving forward, I hope all the good that she has accomplished over the years is taken into account as incoming decision makers decide the organization's future here in Atlantic City".

"The leaders of this organization cannot degrade the values that Miss America represents", Shields wrote.

Haskell said in a statement on Friday: "The story is so unkind and untrue, and hurts me, my family, and the stewardship of this nonprofit".

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