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Miss America 2013 Calls Email Investigation ‘Laughable’ and Insulting

The email scandal spanning the Miss America Organization is far from over despite resignations from four members of the Board of Directors. Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan and other former Miss Americas are renewing their calls for a resignation from the entire Board of Directors effective immediately.

About the email scandal

In case you missed the breaking news plaguing the Miss America Organization leadership, here’s a brief recap of the email scandal. Last week, the Huffington Post broke a story about emails sent to and from former Miss America CEO Sam Haskell. The emails targeted certain former titleholders, including Hagan, regarding their appearances, sexual history, businesses and reluctance to tear down another former Miss America. (Read: Miss America CEO Targets Former Miss Americas in Organization Emails)

Since the news was released, four members of the Board of Directors have resigned: CEO Sam Haskell, President and COO Josh Randle, Chair Lynn Weidner and Tammy Haddad. The organization also lost its partnership with Dick Clark Productions and Atlantic City is reconsidering its ties with the Miss America Organization. (Read: What You NEED to Know About the Miss America Email Scandal)

About the renewed resignation request

Last night, Hagan posted a live video on both her Facebook and Twitter pages reading additional emails sent and received by Haskell and renewing the call for an entire organization overhaul. The emails also contained statements made by the acting Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dan Myers. (Read: Miss America 2013 Calls for Organization Reinvention)

Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan Photo: Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger
Miss America 2013, Mallory Hagan. Photo: Aristide Economopoulos/The Star-Ledger

This video came after Hagan started another petition to request the resignation of the entire Board of Directors. As of midnight, the petition had over 11,000 signatures.

“In a continued exhibition of poor judgment, the current board of the Miss America Organization — which decided not to take action when appalling statements by Executive Chairman Sam Haskell were presented to them in September, and stood by Mr. Haskell while expressing “full confidence” in his leadership — has now voted up a new process that they alone control,” Hagan wrote in the petition. “The majority of remaining board members plan to stay on and expect to nominate and elect replacements for those who have resigned… This is unacceptable and will only further damage the org.”

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