Miss America President Reportedly Resigns After CEO's Vulgar Emails Surface

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"The Board thanks Lynn and Sam for many years of tireless work for, and significant financial support to, both the Miss America Organization and thousands of young women who received millions of dollars of educational scholarships from the Organization as a direct result of their efforts". While the board approved Haskell's resignation, Randle and Weidner will remain in their positions for a transition period.

Yashar Ali, who wrote the Huffington Post article, defended its accuracy on Friday night, saying he was given the emails by two sources "who felt that Mr Haskell's behaviour was egregious".

"While it is reassuring that some of the perpetrators of the abuses within the Miss America Organization have resigned, this by no means fulfills the need for a thorough housecleaning of the Board of Directors", the statement said.

Sam Haskell's resignation as executive chairman and chief executive of the Miss America Organization was accompanied by the departure of the organization's president, the chairman of the board and a board member.

"Happy Birthday to me!" she said, but "there is still more housekeeping to do". Tammy Haddad, a Miss America board member, resigned following the leaks after an email written by her called some former Miss Americas "a pile of malcontents and has-beens who blame the program for not getting them where they think they can go".

The Miss America Organization (MAO) announced the suspension of its top hierarchy late Friday after the text of some emails was published by the Huffington Post news site.

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As of Friday, the revelation had brought out 49 Miss Americas to petition for Haskell and others to be fired. The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained. Haskell was referring to Hagan's boyfriend at the time who was an employee of Haskell's.

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

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.

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 told The Associated Press on Thursday that it cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them "appalling".

Haskell replied, "It appears we are the only ones!"

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