President Of Miss America Organization Resigns Amid Scandal

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Josh Randle, the COO and president of the Miss America Organization, has reportedly resigned amid an email scandal.

His resignation is effective immediately, while Mr Randle and Ms Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with a leadership transition.

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.

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.

"The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained", a spokesperson for the organization said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday.

The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died, and others that speculated about how many sex partners another former Miss America has had.

In a statement, Mr Haskell said he had been "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".

He said his character "was being assassinated daily, which impaired my judgement when responding to the inappropriate emails sent to me about them".

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Earlier this week, 49 beauty queens who had won the pageant between 1948 and 2017 penned a letter calling on the executive and other top leaders of the group to resign following the controversy. "For that, I deeply apologize", Haskell said.

The Miss America Organization, which was established in 1921, is separate from Miss USA and Miss Teen USA hosted by the Miss Universe Organization previously owned by US President Donald Trump.

In another exchange from August 2014, Haskell forwarded an email that said Hagan's hairdresser had been commenting on Hagan's sex life, as well as her recent weight gain to Miss America telecast lead writer Lewis Friedman and noted, "Not a single day passes that I am not told some awful story about Mallory".

Randle replied: "She's a healthy one!"

Friedman ended the email with, "P.S".

On Friday, award-show producers Dick Clark Productions severed ties with Miss America over the emails scandal.

The Miss America Organisation did not indicate whether Haskell would be paid during his suspension. The women of Miss America are determined to take back our program.

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