Miss America CEO resigns over misogynistic emails

Miss America CEO resigns over misogynistic emails

Miss America CEO resigns over misogynistic emails

The top leadership of the Miss America Organization has resigned, sweeping out officials implicated in an email scandal that targeted past pageant winners for abuse based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives.

In separate statements, the Miss America board confirmed the resignations of Randle, who became president in May and at 29 was the youngest to hold that position with the organization, as well as Haskell and Weidner.

The emails were leaked to the Huffington Post, which first reported on them on Thursday. 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.

"The Board of Directors also accepted the resignation of Chairman Lynn Weidner", he said.

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. On Friday, board member Tammy Haddad said in a statement she was following through on her plan to resign, effective immediately.

The Miss America Organisation said its board "will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained".

Miss America 2016 Betty Cantrell, who signed the petition, told Associated Press she "lived under this misogynistic leadership for a year of my life, and I'm definitely glad to see all of this evidence come into the light".

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In another exchange from August 2014, Haskell forwarded an email that said Hagan's hairdresser had been commenting on Hagan's sex life, as well as her recent weight gain to Miss America telecast lead writer Lewis Friedman and noted, "Not a single day passes that I am not told some frightful story about Mallory". Angeli delivered messages from Haskell about which former Miss Americas should not be spoken to or interacted with, she said.

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

He said his character "was being assassinated daily, which impaired my judgement when responding to the inappropriate emails sent to me about them".

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

Randle replied: "She's a healthy one!"

"We are ready to pull our sleeves up and get to work to build Miss America back to where it used to be and should be", Charles said.

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