Miss America CEO Sam Haskell Resigns Amid Offensive Email Scandal

Miss America CEO Sam Haskell Resigns Amid Offensive Email Scandal

Among the comments included in the report was a reference to former Miss Americas using a vulgar term for female genitalia that Haskell indicated he found to be amusing. "Although this awful situation was not caused or driven by me, in light of recent events and new developments, I am no longer willing to continue in my capacity as president and earlier today offered my resignation to the MAO Board of Directors".

The board also accepted the resignation of chairman Lynn Weidner, who Meyers said will remain on the board for up to 90 days "to facilitate a smooth transition".

Randle's resignation comes amid a storm of controversy surrounding the Miss America Organization less than 48 hours after HuffPost published a story revealing that emails, mostly sent by Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell, contained misogynistic language, slut shaming and fat shaming.

Josh Randle, the president and COO of the Miss America Organization, has submitted his resignation, a source familiar with the matter tells HuffPost.

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A representative for ABC, the division of the Walt Disney Co that broadcasts the pageant, did not immediately return an email seeking comment.

"The Miss America Organization is bigger than a handful of people", said outgoing Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian.

Following the death of another Miss America, a former writer on the show wrote that he wished it had been 1998 victor Kate Shindle instead. But a day earlier on Facebook, she defended herself against an allegation by former Miss America Gretchen Carlson that Weidner solicited former Miss Americas to attack other former title winners who were not supportive of Haskell.

Elizabeth Gracen, an Arkansan who won the competition in 1982, also signed her name to petition.

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Haskell made the derogatory comments about the former pageant winner's weight in response to an email from Weidner, who attached a photo of several former Miss Americas but did not comment on the picture herself, the news website said.

Haskell, in a statement accompanying his suspension on Friday, said the emails cited by the Huffington Post were "conveniently edited".

And New Jersey officials are reviewing their Miss America Organization contract, in which the state still owes $4 million toward the cost of next year's pageant.

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