Gretchen Carlson, a vocal critic of the recently ousted leadership of the Miss America organization, has been named the brand new chairman of the group’s board of directors.
Multiple leaders of the organization, including CEO Sam Haskell as well as also also Chairman Lynn Weidner, recently resigned following a report on The Huffington Post which revealed they had traded emails disparaging former winners of the pageant about their weight as well as also also sexual activity.
although critics of the organization, including Carlson, who won the Miss America title in 1989, said the steps were not sufficient to clean house at the pageant.
“The only solution which will #SaveMissAmerica will be resignation of all board members,” Carlson tweeted on December 27 within the wake of Haskell’s resignation.
Carlson objected to the board giving its “full confidence” as well as also also a performance bonus to Haskell after reviewing his “appalling” emails.
In a statement issued by the organization late Monday, Carlson vowed to lead the pageant past its current scandal, as well as also also work to find brand new board members as well as also also management for the group.
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“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, as well as also also This kind of has not been easy for anyone who loves This kind of program,” said Carlson. “within the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America as well as also also we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”
Along with Carlson, who will become the first former pageant winner to serve as chair for the organization, three additional former Miss America winners will join the board: Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, who won in 2012, Heather French Henry, who won in 2000, as well as also also Kate Shindle, who won in 1998.
Although Fleiss as well as also also Henry were not mentioned within the Huffington Post article, Shindle was the subject of many of the abusive emails detailed within the story. Haskell also reportedly exchanged emails complaining about Carlson’s lack of loyalty to himself as well as also also the pageant, according to the article.
Carlson, a former Fox News anchor, sued the cable news channel in 2016, charging she was sexually harassed by Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. While Ailes denied allegations made by Carlson as well as also also additional women, Carlson’s suit led to Ailes’ departure by the network as well as also also a $20 million settlement with Carlson.
She has since written a book about sexual harassment, “Be Fierce.”
sy88pgw (brand new York) First published January 2, 2018: 9:09 AM ET