Gretchen Carlson Named Chairwoman of Miss America Organization

Gretchen Carlson Named Chairwoman of Miss America Organization

To right the ship, the organization is turning to a number of former Miss America winners, including 1989 victor Carlson, who became a prominent voice against workplace sexual harassment after suing the parent company of her former employer, Fox News.

Miss America has chosen a former victor to chair its board of directors for the first time, following a scandal over leaked emails that revealed how its chief executive ridiculed the intellect and sex lives of competitors.

But now one of the women who called for change is poised to make that change happen. Now, for the first time in the pageant's almost 100-year history, a former Miss America will take the helm.

"In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America", she said.

The organization also announced the appointments of three other past Miss Americas: 2012 victor Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 victor Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle, who won in 1998 and now serves as president of the Actors' Equity Association. Former Miss Americas were gathered together in some sort of Justice League situation to help pick a new leader.


Most previously serving Directors have resigned from the Board.

Citing purportedly leaked emails from 2014 and 2015, the news site reported that Haskell and other leaders described the sex life and looks of a pageant victor, joked about the death of a former contestant and used an offensive term for a female body part.

The reshuffling of Miss America comes less than two weeks after a bombshell HuffPost exposé about the organization. A staunch advocate against sexual assault, Carlson left her position as a Fox & Friends host and filed a sexual harassment suit against the network's founder and CEO Roger Ailes. They also reportedly joked about another former victor dying. Dick Clark Productions, which televises Miss America each year, also cut ties with the organization over the emails, calling them "appalling".

Carlson joins the board after the Huffington Post revealed lewd e-mails between former pageant C.E.O.

"The only solution that will #SaveMissAmerica is resignation of all board members", she added.

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