Gretchen Carlson Will Step In As Miss America Board Chair

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Gretchen Carlson has been appointed chair of the Miss America Group Board of Administrators, only one month after the group was rocked by scandal within the type of sexist and derogatory inner emails.

The previous “Fox & Mates” co-host, who earned the Miss America title herself in 1989, would be the first alum to move the board in its virtually 100-year historical past.

“Honored to maneuver this iconic program ahead with so many wonderful volunteers,” Carlson tweeted, linking to a narrative from HuffPost, which first reported the information.

She’ll be joined by different new board members who’re additionally ex-Miss Americas in Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss (2012), Heather French Henry (2000) and Kate Shindle (1998).

“Everybody has been shocked by the occasions of the final a number of days, and this has not been simple for anybody who loves this program. Ultimately, all of us need a robust, related Miss America and we admire the present board taking the steps essential to shortly start stabilizing the group for the longer term,” Carlson stated in a press release to HuffPost.

The ex-beauty queen, 51, will fill the spot left vacant by former chairwoman Lynn Weidner, who resigned final month together with CEO and government chairman Sam Haskell, amongst others.

The large exodus of management was sparked by a sequence of expletive-laced emails obtained by HuffPost by which Haskell slut-shamed and name-called Miss America contestants, crudely referring to them as “c–ts,” amongst different insults.

Haskell particularly focused Carlson, who had beforehand questioned his strategies of management.

In a 2014 e mail, Haskell requested Carlson and others to push again in opposition to a e-book written by a former Miss America winner that painted him in a foul mild.

Carlson reprimanded him for the request, to which he known as her a “snake” and expressed glee in driving her “INF—INGSANE.”

Shindle was additionally the topic of a nasty Haskell e mail by which he joked that he wished she would die.

Carlson isn’t any stranger to dealing with harassment head-on — in 2016, she sued late Fox CEO Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, claiming he destroyed her profession after she turned down his sexual advances.

Her lawsuit — by which she received a $20 million settlement — sparked a number of different accusations of sexual harassment in opposition to Ailes, together with one from Megyn Kelly, and finally led to Ailes leaving the community.

 
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