Miss America CEO Resigns Amid Leaked Emails

Written by on December 23, 2017

Miss America CEO, Sam Haskell and two other Miss America Organization leaders have resigned following an email scandal in which vulgar, offensive language was used to describe former Miss America contestants, USA TODAY confirmed Saturday.

The organization said its board of directors accepted Randle’s resignation Saturday “in light of recent events and new developments.”

The Miss America Organization was rocked following the release of internal emails published on the Huffington Post Thursday. The published messages showed offensive language Haskell used to describe 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan — describing her as “fat and gross” in one note.

Haskell forwarded the email to Miss America telecast lead writer Lewis Friedman and noted,

“Not a single day passes that I am not told some horrible story about Mallory.”

Friedman replied, “Mallory’s preparing for her new career … as a blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. As she continues to destroy her own credibility, her voice will attract less and less notice while she continues her descent to an unhappy pathetic footnote.”

Friedman ended the email with, “P.S. Are we four the only ones not to have (slept with) Mallory?”

Haskell replied, “It appears we are the only ones!”

Hagan was among dozens of former Miss Americas who signed a petition started Friday by Miss North Carolina Jennifer Vaden Barth calling on the group’s leadership to step down. The petition called the emails by Haskell and others “despicable” and faulted officials who “sat by without objection while such derisive comments were passed around.”

The Huffington Post reported that on Jan. 25, 2015, Haskell forwarded a photo of Hagan with three other former Miss Americas to Randle and said, “Look at MH in this photo…OMG.”

Randle reportedly replied,

“She’s a healthy one!! Hahaha.”

Information for this article was originally published by Sara Moniuszko on USA Today

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