Gretchen Carlson named chairman of Miss America board following email scandal

Gretchen Carlson named chairman of Miss America board following email scandal

Carlson's ascension follows the resignation of several key leaders of the Miss America Organization, including CEO Sam Haskell, former president and COO Josh Randle, and Chairman Lynn Weidner.

But now one of the women who called for change is poised to make that change happen.

The former "Fox & Friends" co-host, who earned the Miss America title herself in 1989, will be the first alum to head the board in its nearly 100-year history. "In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America".

It said Shindle, a Moorestown native who was Miss America 1998, will join the organization's board of directors, along with Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, Miss America 2012, and Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000. Now there are four new board members, all former winners of the crown, including a new chairwoman.

Following the release of the e-mails, in which Friedman referred to former Miss America winners as "cunts", Carlson shared her thoughts on Twitter using the hashtag #saveMissAmerica.

The Miss America Organization has been around since 1921.

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Over several correspondences, the now-former chairman and CEO Sam Haskell and others reportedly body-shamed and slut-shamed former victor Mallory Hagan.

Shindle was also the subject of a nasty Haskell email in which he joked that he wished she would die.

Carlson - who is best known for her decade-long tenure as an anchor at Fox News - made headlines in 2016 when she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the network's then boss Roger Ailes, precipitating his departure.

Haskell, Haddad and several other board members resigned after the emails became public.

The Miss America Pageant said most of its previous directors "have resigned from the board" ever since damaging emails surfaced last month.

The controversy 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.

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