Gretchen Carlson in as Board Chair of Miss America Organization

Lawrence Kim
January 2, 2018

The documents contained offensive emails about former Miss America winners, referencing their weight and private sex lives.

Ex-Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson will serve as chair of Miss America's board of directors, becoming the first former pageant victor to lead the organization, which has been rocked by resignations following accusations of sexual harassment.

In a tweet about her new role in Miss America, Ms Carlson said she was "honored to move this iconic program forward".

Carlson will be joined on the board by former Miss Americas Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle. 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.

The organization was rocked by controversy last month in the form of nasty emails sent by CEO Sam Haskell.

"Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program. In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America".

The ensuing uproar led to the resignations of Haskell; the group's president, Josh Randle; board chairwoman Lynn Weidner, and another board member.

Over several correspondences, the now-former chairman and CEO Sam Haskell and others reportedly body-shamed and slut-shamed former victor Mallory Hagan.

Carlson reprimanded him for the request, to which he called her a "snake" and expressed glee in driving her "INF--INGSANE". They also reportedly joked about another former victor dying. Ailes resigned after she filed the suit.

In 2016, Carlson settled a sexual harassment lawsuit with 21st Century Fox against former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes for $20 million.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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