Miss America CEO Sam Haskell Resigns Amid Email Controversy

Miss America suspends CEO over misogynistic emails

Miss America CEO suspended over 'inappropriate' leaked emails

COO Josh Randle and board chair Lynn Weidner will be gone in the next few weeks, while Dick Clark Productions, which produces the annual beauty pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., severed ties with the nonprofit organization, reports the Los Angeles Times.

And New Jersey officials are reviewing their Miss America Organization contract, in which the state still owes $4 million toward the cost of next year's pageant. While the board approved Haskell's resignation, Randle and Weidner will remain in their positions for a transition period.

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

The Miss America Organization continues to feel the effects of a bombshell report from Huffington Post published Thursday, revealing vulgar language used by top brass to describe former Miss America contestants via email.

"The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained", a spokesperson for the organization said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

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 has resigned.

"The Miss America Organization Board of Directors today voted to suspend Executive Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell", the MAO statement said on Friday.

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 organisation announced the resignations a day after dozens of former Miss Americas signed a petition calling on the group's leadership to step down.

In other emails, a former writer for the pageant notes the death of one former Miss America and muses that he wished 1998 Miss America Kate Shindle, who wrote a book critical of the Miss America Organisation, had died instead. Names such as Miss America 1989 Gretchen Carlson, who was also targeted by Haskell and others, have entered the fray.

According to the Huffington Post, Haskell replied: "It appears we are the only ones!" The women of Miss America are determined to take back our program.

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