Miss America President And CEO Resign Following Email Scandal

Miss America CEO, Board Chair Resign Amid E mail Scandal

Hagan said that she was "grateful" for former president and chief operating officer Josh Randle's apology, but wanted to shift the spotlight from mea culpas to the organization's approaching days.

The board also accepted the resignation of chairman Lynn Weidner, who Meyers said will remain on the board for up to 90 days "to facilitate a smooth transition".

Speaking with Paula Faris on Tuesday's Good Morning America from Alabama, 2013's Miss America said she hoped the scandal spurred a rebirth for the pageant. He told ABC that the emails pre-date his employment with the organization, but said that it does not reflect his values or the values he worked to promote at the Miss America organization.

She was one of three top pageant officials to resign Saturday, along with CEO Sam Haskell and President Josh Randle, both from Mississippi.

The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others that speculated about how many sex partners Hagan has had.

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Through tears, the former Miss America added: "I'm truly an advocate for others-and sometimes it can be the most hard to advocate for yourself".

"My mistake is a mistake of words", Haskell wrote in a statement issued Friday night, obtained by The Associated Press. The fallout for the 96-year-old pageant has been fast and furious.

"As a proud former Miss America and former member of the Board of the Miss America Organization, I am shocked and deeply saddened by the disgusting statements about women attributed to the leadership of the [Miss America Organization]", Carlson, who was crowned Miss America in 1989, tweeted on Thursday.

One of the first emails in the Huffington Post report shows a conversation between Haskell and Friedman from August 2014. The pageant has for years faced criticism that it objectifies women, and the scandal over the emails has led to renewed scrutiny of the annual event in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Children's Miracle Network Hospitals said it was "conducting an immediate review of the situation and will take appropriate actions".

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