Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell resigns amid email scandal

Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell resigns amid email scandal

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". "Although this awful situation was not caused or driven by me, in light of recent events and new developments, I am no longer willing to continue in my capacity as president and earlier today offered my resignation to the MAO Board of Directors".

Randle's resignation comes amid a storm of controversy surrounding the Miss America Organization less than 48 hours after HuffPost published a story revealing that emails, mostly sent by Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell, contained misogynistic language, slut shaming and fat shaming.

Lynn Weidner, chairman of the 96-year-old organization's board, also resigned but will remain on the board up to 90 days to ensure a smooth transition to new leadership, Meyers said.

The Huffington Post, which said it had got the emails from two sources, reported that Ms Carlson had clashed with Mr Haskell and other pageant officials over her desire to modernise the organisation. Weidner also expressed support for the Miss America Organization.

Following the death of another Miss America, a former writer on the show wrote that he wished it had been 1998 victor Kate Shindle instead. In a Facebook post praising former Miss Americas who had "championed empowerment of women everywhere", the Fayetteville native explained her own decision to sign.

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ABC News obtained a full statement from Randle on Saturday that said his inappropriate response to an email about the appearance of 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan came several months before he worked at the Atlantic City-based organization. Dan Myers, the organization board's vice-chair will be taking over as interim chairman.

Dick Clark Productions, which produces the nationally televised pageant broadcasts, tells The Associated Press that it has cut ties with the pageant over the emails, calling them "appalling".

Haskell replied, "Thanks so much Coach.even in my sadness you can make me laugh.how was the Kennedy Center Honors?"

The top leadership of the Miss America Organization has resigned, sweeping out officials implicated in the email scandal.

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