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President Of Miss America Organization Resigns Amid Scandal
27 December 2017, 02:43 | Gina Pena
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The Miss America Organization CEO, Sam Haskell, has been suspended over leaked emails that mocked pageant contestants.
"This afternoon, the Board of Directors of the Miss America Organization accepted the resignation of Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sam Haskell, effective immediately", Dan Meyers, who has served as the board's vice-chair and has stepped into the role of interim chairman, said in a statement to E!
The email had pictures of Hagan and three other former Miss Americas. "Much of what was reported is dishonest, deceptive, and despicable".
In a statement, the organisation said it would be conducting "an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications [by Mr Haskell]".
"We stand firmly against harassment, bullying and shaming - especially of women - through the use of derogatory terms meant to belittle and demean", the Huffington Post quoted the letter as saying.
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, who turned 29 Saturday, was a subject of some of the worst of the emails between Haskell and other members of the organization.
"Those who know my heart know that this is not indicative of my character, nor is it indicative of my business acumen", Haskell said.
Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson released a joint statement on Saturday, calling for the rest of the Board of Directors to step down.
"I was under stress from a full year of attacks by two Miss Americas, and while I don't ever want to offer an excuse, I do want to offer context", says Haskell. For that, I deeply apologise.
Miss America announced on Friday that they would suspend Haskell pending an investigation into the emails where he joked about contestant's being "c-ts" and called women "huge" and "gross".
She also said pageant officials "told me which former Miss Americas I wasn't allowed to associate with or pose for photos with".
"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.
The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year. dick clark productions told The Associated Press on Thursday that it cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them "appalling".
According to the Huffington Post, Haskell replied: "It appears we are the only ones!"
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