1. Exclusive: In emails I obtained, Miss America CEO @samhaskell, along with other board members and staff, repeatedly maligned, attacked, and slut shamed former Miss Americas.— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) December 21, 2017
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Sam Haskell, the CEO and executive chair of Miss America, may be credited with returning the beauty pageant to its former glory but according to a bombshell report published in the Huffington Post, the 62-year-old has a disturbing penchant for ridiculing, slut shaming and body shaming past winners.
At a time when a number of rich and influential men have fallen from grace over reports of sexual misconduct and harassment, the report shines a light on the appalling way Haskell treated the pageant winners and contestants.
The three years worth of leaked internal emails showed the CEO mocking contestants' weight and sex lives using vulgar and defamatory language. He reportedly shared these emails with other board members and a lead writer for the telecast.
Here is an example of Haskell’s conversation with writer Lewis Friedman.
Another email, in which Friedman and Haskell discussed the death of former winner Mary Ann Mobley, had the subject line: “It should have been Kate Shindle.”
Shindle, who won the competition in 1998, became a target after she released a book in which she questioned why the Miss America board paid Haskell a $500,000 in consulting fee at a time when the organization itself was more than $400,000 in debt.
In other emails, Haskell also maligned former winners, including former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson and Mallory Hagan.
"As a proud former Miss America & former member of Board, I’m deeply saddened by disgusting statements about women attributed to leadership of MAO. No woman should be demeaned with such vulgar slurs. As I’ve learned, harassment and shaming of women is never acceptable” https://t.co/4lCYl77OUN— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) December 22, 2017
Full confidence in a man who thinks it’s “perfect!” to call the women who are Miss Americas c*nts. Never mind what he’s repeatedly said about me.— Mallory Hagan (@ItsMalloryHagan) December 21, 2017
Next. 👋🏻 https://t.co/pGTP6ysOJK
Following the report, Miss America’s major television partner Dick Clark Productions announced it is cutting ties with the organization.
“We were appalled by their unacceptable content and insisted, in the strongest possible terms, that the Miss America Organization board of directors conduct a comprehensive investigation and take appropriate action to address the situation,” the company said in a statement. “Shortly thereafter, we resigned our board positions and notified MAO that we were terminating our relationship with them.”
Former Miss America winners and contestants also took to social media to call on Haskell to step down.
Not a single girl in the #MissAmerica class of 2013 has a single negative thing to say about @ItsMalloryHagan ...we have a LOT of negative things to say about Sam Haskell though...🙃 ☕️🐸 🐍 #FireSamHaskell— Alyssa Murray (@MissDelaware12) December 22, 2017
As a former @MissAmerica contestant, I'm appalled by these allegations. The intelligent, talented, dynamic women of this program deserve more than this kind of "leadership." #MissAmerica https://t.co/wK9BSeUx82— Allyn Rose (@AllynRose) December 22, 2017
Fun fact, @ItsMalloryHagan was my role model while I competed in the MAO, and I still look up to her this day. To hear/see people like Sam Haskell treat her so negatively is appalling and it makes my heart hurt. We’re here for you, Mallory. #FireSamHaskell— supreme leader sierra (@Gingernessy) December 22, 2017
As a former who was blackballed after calling SH out about the way he spoke about my mom in an e-mail none of this surprises me. This is why I always stood beside @ItsMalloryHagan& offered my stories of mistreatment to @kateshindle when she wrote her book #FireSamHaskell— Caressa Cameron-Jackson (@CaressedxDesign) December 22, 2017
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