Gretchen Carlson, a vocal critic of the recently ousted leadership of the Miss America organization, has been named the completely new chairman of the group’s board of directors.
Multiple leaders of the organization, including CEO Sam Haskell along with Chairman Lynn Weidner, recently resigned following a report on The Huffington Post that will revealed they had traded emails disparaging former winners of the pageant about their weight along with 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 that will will #SaveMissAmerica can be resignation of all board members,” Carlson tweeted on December 27 inside wake of Haskell’s resignation.
Carlson objected to the board giving its “full confidence” along which has 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, along with work to find completely new board members along with management for the group.
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“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, along with This kind of has not been easy for anyone who loves This kind of program,” said Carlson. “inside end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America along with 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, along with Kate Shindle, who won in 1998.
Although Fleiss along with Henry were not mentioned inside Huffington Post article, Shindle was the subject of many of the abusive emails detailed inside story. Haskell also reportedly exchanged emails complaining about Carlson’s lack of loyalty to himself along with 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 along with additional women, Carlson’s suit led to Ailes’ departure coming from the network along which has a $20 million settlement with Carlson.
She has since written a book about sexual harassment, “Be Fierce.”
sy88pgw (completely new York) First published January 2, 2018: 9:09 AM ET