Miss America Organization Rocked By Internal Email Scandal

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Hagan, who now lives in New York and was Miss New York in 2012 before gaining the Miss America title in 2013, was targeted in emails between the Miss America CEO, Sam Haskell, and board members.

"My hope is that this story that broke will bring light to the type of behavior that's been in leadership of the Miss America Organization and really help us put in place some people who care and who embody the mission of Miss America", Hagan said in a Twitter video.

A petition seeking the resignation of Miss America Organization leadership has been signed by 49 former Miss Americas.

The organization's boosters still claim that it's "a nationally recognized and positive force for the education and the empowerment of young women", as one board member told the Huffington Post.

A Huffington Post writer whose story on email communication among top leaders of the Miss America Organization led to the group's CEO being suspended is affirming the accuracy of the story.

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The 2013 victor of the pageant was Mallory Hagan. It did not say if he'd apologized to the women named in the emails.

"I had met with someone who said to me that she was aware that an email existed where Sam Haskell was saying that it was "perfect" to call Miss America the 'c-word.' I was shocked by it and said this is way more serious that some organizational or governance issue".

Much of the anger focused on Haskell, who participated in the email exchanges.

Sam Haskell was suspended by the organization's board of directors, according to a statement reported by BuzzFeed.

"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.

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The emails disparaged former Miss Americas' appearance, intellect and sex lives. Tammy Haddad, a media consultant and DC power connector, also had a thing or two to tell Haskell about the pageant's winners. "I read that that same board passed around photos to email each other degrading comments about Miss America's body".

"I said, 'Brent, I need to ask you a question, does this email exist?' and he said yes it did".

Hopper then reached out to Adams.

"I hope that with new leadership and new management, those who now believe in the Miss America program - Dick Clark, ABC networks, Atlantic City, every sponsor that's listed there - I hope that they will continue to want to support a relevant and new Miss America that they can be proud to have their name on", Hopper said.

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