- Sam Haskell was suspended by Miss America’s board of directors on Friday
- The decision comes after leaked emails from the organization’s CEO proved he or other members had derogatory discussions about contestants
- Haskell regularly exchanged expletive-laden emails in which he or others slut and fat-shamed the young women
- Mallory Hagan, Gretchen Carlson and 47 other former Miss Americas signed an open letter demanding that Haskell step down
- Haskell suggested that he and another executive were the only ones who hadn’t slept with 2013 winner Hagan
- The bully also fat-shamed Hagan after a bikini-clad photo of her surfaced
- When Carlson would not attack a former Miss America who wrote a book in which she criticized Haskell, he vowed to drive Carlson ‘insane’
The Huffington Post reported on Thursday that Haskell regularly exchanged expletive-ridden emails in which he or others slut-shamed and name-called former title winners things such as ‘c**ts,’ ‘piles of malcontents’ and ‘blimps,’ to name a few.
Three former Miss Americas who were attacked and mocked in the leaked messages were joined by nearly four dozen other title holders earlier Friday in calling on Haskell and other organization leaders to resign in the wake of the scandal.
Later Friday, the Miss America Organization Board of Directors revealed they voted in favor of the 62-year-old’s suspension.
‘The Miss America Organization Board of Directors today voted to suspend Executive Chairman and CEO Sam Haskell. Mr. Haskell, in support of the organization, has agreed to abide by the Board’s decision,’ a spokesperson confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter.
‘The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained. In addition, the Board wishes to reaffirm our commitment to the education and empowerment of young women, supporting them in every way possible.’
The petition organized by former Miss North Carolina Jennifer Vaden Barth garnered the signatures of 49 former Miss Americas by mid-afternoon.
In it, Barth called the emails by Haskell and others ‘despicable’ and faulted officials who ‘sat by without objection while such derisive comments were passed around.’
In the messages, which the paper says it received from two sources, the CEO frequently used shocking and sexually-explicit terms to refer to contestants, including 2013 winner Mallory Hagan and Gretchen Carlson, the former Fox News host who won the pageant in 1989.
Hagan’s weight gain and allegedly promiscuous sex life were derided in the correspondence in harsh terms.
‘My hope is that this story that broke will bring light to the type of behavior that’s been in leadership of the Miss America Organization and really help us put in place some people who care and who embody the mission of Miss America,’ Hagan said. ‘Having somebody bully you, demean you, degrade you in any way is not OK.’