Miss America officials resign, 1 apologizes to ex-winner

Miss America suspends CEO over misogynistic emails

The CEO of the Miss America organization, along with the COO and a board chair, have resigned after The Huffington Post published emails from them where they fat-shamed, slut-shamed, and even joked about the death of a former pageant victor.

Haddad joins CEO Sam Haskell, chairman Lynn Weidner and president Josh Randle, who have resigned in the aftermath of the report. 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. Tammy Haddad, a Miss America board member, resigned following the leaks after an email written by her called some former Miss Americas "a pile of malcontents and has-beens who blame the program for not getting them where they think they can go".

Haskell's resignation is effective immediately, while Randle and Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with a leadership transition.

Hagan said more board and staff members need to resign, including Meyers and Vice President of Field Operations Marc Angeli.

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"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.

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 disgusting story about Mallory".

Apologizing in a statement, Haskell said he made "a mistake of words", adding that he had been under stress because of verbal attacks by two Miss Americas whom he did not name. Haskell was referring to Hagan's boyfriend at the time who was an employee of Haskell's.

The organization announced the resignations a day after dozens of former Miss Americas, including Hagan, signed a petition calling on the group's leadership to step down because of the emails.

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As of Friday, the revelation had brought out 49 Miss Americas to petition for Haskell and others to be fired.

And Mr Haskell wrote of tactics that would drive 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson "insane".

On Friday, the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority began reviewing its contract with the Miss America Organisation, which has about US$4 million left on it, after numerous local and state officials called for the final year of the deal to be killed.

Haskell replied, "It appears we are the only ones!"

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