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3 resignations, 1 apology among Miss America leadership in email shaming scandal

Miss America Mallory Hagan sings the national anthem before the Brooklyn Nets play the Miami Heat in 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan sings the national anthem before the Brooklyn Nets play the Miami Heat in 2013
Hannah Rogers | 26 December, 2017, 13:20

One of the main recipients of fundraising from the Miss America Organization says it's reviewing its association with Miss America amid the New Jersey pageant's scandal over emails targeting past winners for abuse. "It does not reflect my values or the values I worked to promote at the Miss America Organization". Board chair Lynn Weidner who sent emails that were the source of controversy has also resigned.

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

Hagan did not respond to a message seeking comment on the resignations of Randle, CEO Sam Haskell and Chairman Lynn Weidner.

According to the leaked emails, Haskell's behavior behind closed doors showed he regularly maligned, fat-shamed and slut-shamed the former Miss Americas, calling them shocking names and in one case laughing at the suggestion that one of the women should die.

Through tears, the former Miss America added: "I'm truly an advocate for others-and sometimes it can be the most hard to advocate for yourself".

Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016, tells the AP 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". Haskell is "effective immediately", while Weidner and Randle will be kept on for several weeks to help with the leadership transition.

Less than 48 hours after a HuffPost report revealed disturbing and inappropriate internal communications in the Miss America Organization, embattled CEO Sam Haskell has resigned.

Then, on Friday, 49 former Miss America winners signed onto a letter, also published by HuffPost, in which the women requested the resignations of Haskell, Randle, Weidner, and board member Tammy Haddad (who resigned, slightly earlier, on Friday), as well as "those who sat by without objection while such derisive comments were passed around".

WNYC reporter Sean Carlson tells our newscast unit that Dick Clark Productions, which produced of the pageant's nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City, N.J., has already severed ties with the organization over the emails. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals said it was "conducting an immediate review of the situation and will take appropriate actions".

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