Top Miss America Officials Resign After Leaked Emails

27 December, 2017, 02:45 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • Miss America suspends CEO over misogynistic emails

Sam Haskell has resigned as CEO of the Miss America Organization after being suspended amid a report he had allegedly sent and received internal emails that attacked and mocked former pageant winners.

Haddad joins CEO Sam Haskell, chairman Lynn Weidner and president Josh Randle, who have resigned in the aftermath of the report.

Leaked emails show Haskell allowed or participated in discussions of former pageant winners where their sex lives and weight were derided; 2013 Miss America victor Mallory Hagan (pictured above, at the 2013 GLAAD Awards) received the lion's share of criticism. The pageant has for years faced criticism that it objectifies women, and the scandal over the emails has led to renewed scrutiny of the annual event in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Haskell's resignation is effective immediately, while Randle and Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with a leadership transition.

The president, Josh Randle, told The Associated Press his comment responding to an email to his private account about the physical appearance of 2013 victor Mallory Hagan came months before he started working for the Miss America Organization in 2015.

Board member Tammy Haddad resigned Friday.

As of Friday, the revelation had brought out 49 Miss Americas to petition for Haskell and others to be fired.

"All of us kept texting, emailing, tweeting each other, pooling our resources", Charles said of former Misses America, contestants, volunteers and local and state organizers who pushed for new leadership.

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Dick Clark Productions, which has a three-year deal with the Miss America Organization to produce the TV pageants, said the company was "appalled" by the content of the emails and that after being made aware of allegations of sexual misconduct in August 2017, terminated its relationship with the Miss America Organization. The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained.

A former Miss America victor, Mallory Hagan, who was mocked in some of the emails said she "wasn't shocked, but [felt] validated by the emails".

"Those who know my heart know that this is not indicative of my character, nor is it indicative of my business acumen", Haskell said.

"I apologize to Mallory for my lapse in judgment", Randle said on Saturday.

"Mallory's preparing for her new career ... as a blimp in the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade", Friedman replied.

The Miss America Organisation did not indicate whether Haskell would be paid during his suspension.

"As Miss Americas, we strongly reject the mischaracterizations of us both collectively and individually".

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