Top Miss America Officials Resign After Leaked Emails

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Randle's resignation comes amid a storm of controversy surrounding the Miss America Organization less than 48 hours after HuffPost published a story revealing that emails, mostly sent by Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell, contained misogynistic language, slut shaming and fat shaming.

"The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained", a spokesperson for the organization said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Friday. The Huffington Post also reported Randle resigned.

He declared on Friday that he accepted the suspension, but would not be resigning, calling his actions a "mistake of words".

In another exchange from August 2014, Haskell forwarded an email that said Hagan's hairdresser had been commenting on Hagan's sex life, as well as her recent weight gain to Miss America telecast lead writer Lewis Friedman and noted, "Not a single day passes that I am not told some disgusting story about Mallory".

"My hope is that this story that broke will bring light to the type of behaviour that's been in leadership of the Miss America Organisation and really help us put in place some people who care and who embody the mission of Miss America", Ms Hagan said in a Twitter video. "Having somebody bully you, demean you, degrade you in any way is not OK".

He said his character "was being assassinated daily, which impaired my judgement when responding to the inappropriate emails sent to me about them.

All of us kept texting, emailing, tweeting each other, pooling our resources", Charles said of former Misses America, contestants, volunteers and local and state organizers who pushed for new leadership.

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Miss America 1998 Kate Shindle and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson released a joint statement on Saturday, calling for the rest of the Board of Directors to step down.

"Happy Birthday to me!" she said, but "there is still more housekeeping to do".

Also on Saturday, one of the main recipients of fundraising from the Miss America Organization said it was reviewing its association with Miss America.

"We are ready to pull our sleeves up and get to work to build Miss America back to where it used to be and should be", Charles said.

The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year.

Dick Clark Productions said in a statement on Friday they had been made aware of the emails "several months ago" and were "appalled by their unacceptable content".

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