Miss America suspends CEO in email flap; more are on the way

Mallory Hagan on the Today show

Mallory Hagan on the Today show

In its report, HuffPost revealed that the chief executive of the Miss America Organization, Sam Haskell, as well as other employees of the telecast, made extremely derogatory comments about the show's contestants in a series of emails.

No duration was given for the suspension, which will take place while the group's board of directors carries out an investigation into the emails, as well as how they wound up in the hands of the Huffington Post. "In addition, the Board wishes to reaffirm our commitment to the education and empowerment of young women, supporting them in every way possible".

Former Miss Americas, including some shamed in emails by the pageant's CEO, are calling on him and other organization leaders to resign.

Hagan said she was told not to interact with former Miss America Kate Shindle, who had said some critical things about the pageant.

In August 2014, Haskell received an email from someone he knew, who said Hagan's hairdresser in NY had been commenting on Hagan's sex life while Hagan was living in Los Angeles, as well as her recent weight gain. "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.my mistake is a mistake of words".

Sam Haskell said he will abide by the suspension, even while decrying the Huffington Post story on Thursday that publicized the emails as "unkind and untrue".

Haskell's statement was issued after Shindle asked for his resignation. Hagan added another Facebook post Friday morning in which she said she was heartbroken but not surprised. "Only then can the women of Miss America reclaim its rich history and catalyze what is a clearly necessary evolution". That same former title holder, Mallory Hagan, also was ridiculed over a bathing suit photo in which she appeared to have gained weight from when she competed in and won the pageant. Others included speculation about how many men one particular former Miss America had had sex with. "No woman should be demeaned with such vulgar slurs".

Dick Clark Productions says it has cut ties with the Miss America Organization.

The Miss America Organization says Haskell has apologized to the board for his comments, adding it considers the matter closed. "Shortly thereafter, we resigned our board positions and notified MAO that we were terminating our relationship with them".

Haskell's short reply came quickly: "Perfect...bahahaha".

Incoming Atlantic City Mayor Frank M. Gilliam Jr. said it was time to end public funding for the pageant. Their content was originally reported by the Huffington Post.

Hagan said in a phone interview with The Press of Atlantic City she began hearing of Haskell's disparaging remarks about her after she began dating Brent Adams, a former assistant to Haskell and the director of development for the Miss America Organization, in 2015.

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