President Of Miss America Organization Resigns Amid Scandal

President Of Miss America Organization Resigns Amid Scandal

Hagan did not respond to a message seeking comment on the resignations of Randle, CEO Sam Haskell and Chairman Lynn Weidner.

Ms Shindle, who has written a book which is critical of the Miss America Organisation, said on Twitter that the content of the emails made her "physically ill".

In statements prior to the leadership resigning, the Miss America Organisation said Mr Haskell had apologised and that the matter was closed. "It does not reflect my values or the values I worked to promote at the Miss America Organization".

President Of Miss America Organization Resigns Amid Scandal

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.

The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year. dick Clark productions told The Associated Press on Thursday that it cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them "appalling".

One day after being suspended, CEO Sam Haskell resigned on Saturday from his position, which reportedly paid almost $500,000 a year.

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The resignations of Miss America leadership come after HuffPo published internal emails Thursday that feature Haskell calling a former Miss America victor "fat and gross" and joking that he's one of very few people who haven't had sex with her, according to USA Today.

Haskell and been suspended the previous day by the organization, which said it would conduct an "in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained".

His resignation is effective immediately, while Mr Randle and Ms Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with the leadership transition. Dan Myers, the organization board's vice-chair will be taking over as interim chairman.

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

Several of the emails targeted Mallory Hagan, who won the 2013 pageant, claiming she had gained weight after winning and speculating about how many men she had sex with.

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