Miss America CEO Emails Reveal Horrible Name-Calling and Fat-Shaming

24 December, 2017, 03:41 | Author: Jason Torres
  • Signatories to Friday's open letter include broadcaster and former Miss America Gretchen Carlson who settled a sexual harassment lawsuit in 2016 against then Fox News boss Roger Ailes for a reported $20 million

Sam Haskell was suspended by the organization's board of directors, according to a statement reported by BuzzFeed.

In a statement to BuzzFeed, Haskell pushed back on the reports, saying the leaked emails were "conveniently edited", and that the report was "dishonest, deceptive, and despicable".

Forwarding that email to Friedman, Haskell wrote, "Not a single day passes that I am not told some awful story about Mallory". "Those who know my heart know that this is not indicative of my character, nor is it indicative of my business acumen".

"I read that Haskell, who has described himself as "Gomer Pyle in a suit" and just yesterday retweeted a quote which reads "no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" thinks that it's ideal to refer to the women of this program as 'c-ts.' It makes me physically ill", she added.

"The material is based on private emails that were stolen three years ago by ex employees", Haskell said. Consequently, the organization's Board of Directors took the allegations of inappropriate comments very seriously and formed an investigative committee.

In a statement on Thursday, the Miss America Organization (MAO) said Haskell had apologized to the board for his comments.

After HuffPost contacted the Miss America Organization about these and other comments, a spokesman replied that, after an investigation, Friedman had been fired.

In one email from August 2014, Haskell reached out to Lewis Friedman, the lead writer of the Miss America pageant telecast, to inform him that previous winners of the competition would be regarded as "Former Miss Americas" instead of "Forever Miss Americas".

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Sam Haskell, Miss America's executive chairman and CEO, agreed to abide by the board's vote, the organization said in a statement emailed Friday evening following a furious reaction that raised questions about the viability of the 96-year-old pageant. Haddad was a member of the Miss America board until she resigned following the Post story.

"Having someone bully you, belittle you, demean you, degrade you in any way is not OK, no matter what", Hagan continued.

Mallory Hagan's appearance and sex life were mocked in the emails. "For that, I deeply apologize".

"I have the utmost respect for the women of this program and contestants at every level", he continued.

She also said pageant officials "told me which former Miss Americas I wasn't allowed to associate with or pose for photos with".

"We believe in empowering and supporting young women as they work to achieve their professional and academic goals", the letter says.

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

The Huffington Post article shows that Haskell and others directed considerable attention to Hagan, who won the 2013 pageant. He forwarded an email he had been sent regarding Hagan to a writer for the pageant, who has since been terminated.



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