Ex-Miss Americas call for pageant CEO's firing over offensive emails

Former Miss Americas, including some shamed in emails by the pageant’s CEO, are calling on him and other organization leaders to resign.

Three former title holders who were targeted for abuse in emails to and from of Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell say the group’s leadership needs to be replaced.

Miss America Emails

Haskell, a former executive vice-president for Hollywood’s William Morris Agency, exchanged offensive emails with others in the Miss America Organization about past winners’ appearance, intellect and sex lives. (Mel Evans/Associated Press)

Mallory Hagan’s appearance and sex life were mocked in the emails. She won the 2013 competition.

Pageant officials wrote that when one former Miss America died, they wished it had been another former Miss America, Kate Shindle, instead.

And they also mocked former winner Gretchen Carlson.

The Huffington Post reported Thursday on the emails, which it says it received from two sources.

The Miss America Organization says Haskell has apologized to the board for his comments, adding it considers the matter closed.

The pageant’s entertainment partner, Dick Clark Productions, announced Thursday it would no longer produce the event.

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