Sam Haskell, the former CEO of the Miss America Organization, stepped down after his emails fat and slut-shaming the contest winner leaked. Former Miss Americas were gathered together in some sort of Justice League situation to help pick a new leader. They’ve spoken: Gretchen Carlson is their new pageant mom.
The Associated Press reports that Carlson was put on the board Monday, along with three other former pageant winners: 2012 winner Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 winner Heather French Henry, and 1998 winner Kate Shindle. Shindle also serves as president of the Actors’ Equity Association, making her exactly the sort of accomplished and well-rounded woman who should be representing Miss America.
The new appointees have been handed a challenge, as Haskell’s emails already ended the pageant’s relationship with its television production partner, Dick Clark Productions. It’s unclear how the show will move forward or if it will continue to be broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Carlson seems up to the challenge, saying in a statement that the new board members will “continue an ongoing inclusive and transparent process to identify additional new board members and management.”
“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said in a statement issued by the Miss America Organization. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”
Miss America Team, assemble!