Report: Emails disparaged pageant contestants

Gretchen Carlson, a vocal critic of the just lately ousted management of the Miss America group, has been named the brand new chairman of the group’s board of administrators.

A number of leaders of the group, together with CEO Sam Haskell and Chairman Lynn Weidner, just lately resigned following a report on The Huffington Post that exposed they’d traded emails disparaging former winners of the pageant about their weight and sexual exercise.

However critics of the group, together with Carlson, who gained the Miss America title in 1989, mentioned the steps were not sufficient to scrub home on the pageant.

“The one answer that can #SaveMissAmerica is 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” and a efficiency bonus to Haskell after reviewing his “appalling” emails.

In a press release issued by the group late Monday, Carlson vowed to guide the pageant previous its present scandal, and work to search out new board members and administration for the group.

Related: Three Miss American Organization leaders resign after report about emails

“Everybody has been shocked by the occasions of the final a number of days, and this has not been straightforward for anybody who loves this program,” mentioned Carlson. “Ultimately, all of us need a sturdy, related Miss America and we recognize the present board taking the steps essential to shortly start stabilizing the group for the long run.”

Together with Carlson, who will turn out to be the primary former pageant winner to function chair for the group, three different former Miss America winners will be part of the board: Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, who gained in 2012, Heather French Henry, who gained in 2000, and Kate Shindle, who gained in 1998.

Though Fleiss and Henry weren’t talked about in The Huffington Publish article, Shindle was the topic of lots of the abusive emails detailed within the story. Haskell additionally reportedly exchanged emails complaining about Carlson’s lack of loyalty to himself and the pageant, in keeping with the article.

Carlson, a former Fox Information anchor, sued the cable news channel in 2016, charging she was sexually harassed by Fox Information CEO Roger Ailes. Whereas Ailes denied allegations made by Carlson and different girls, Carlson’s go well with led to Ailes’ departure from the community and a $20 million settlement with Carlson.

She has since written a e book about sexual harassment, “Be Fierce.”

CNNMoney (New York) First revealed January 2, 2018: 9:09 AM ET