Miss America suspends CEO over misogynistic emails

27 December, 2017, 02:44 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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Mr. Haskell's resignation is effective immediately, while Mr. Randle and Mr. Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with a leadership transition. HuffPost first published the emails on Thursday, showing Haskell commenting crudely on the appearances of women who had competed in the pageant to other members of the organization.

"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.

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.

Haddad joins CEO Sam Haskell, chairman Lynn Weidner and president Josh Randle, who have resigned in the aftermath of the report.

Miss America 1984 Suzette Charles, who grew up in Mays Landing, was one of 56 former pageant winners who signed a petition demanding Haskell and the rest of the organization's board of directors step down.

In a statement, the organisation said it would be conducting "an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications [by Mr Haskell]".

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A former Miss America victor, Mallory Hagan, who was mocked in some of the emails said she "wasn't shocked, but [felt] validated by the emails".

As of Friday, the revelation had brought out 49 Miss Americas to petition for Haskell and others to be fired. This was a father whose family was being attacked, and a man whose character was being assassinated daily, which impaired my judgment when responding to the inappropriate emails sent to me about them. "For that, I deeply apologize", Haskell said.

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

Also on Saturday, one of the main recipients of fundraising from the Miss America Organization said it was reviewing its association with Miss America.

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.

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 US Labor Day each year.


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