Drama around Miss America intensifies as reps call for board's resignation

Last month, the Miss America Organization may have nixed its controversial swimsuit competition while welcoming brand new leadership, but those changes haven't been without scandal behind the scenes, according to multiple new reports.

The Press of Atlantic City reports that reps from 22 state pageants have called for the organization’s entire board of trustees to resign, including new chair, former Fox News personality Gretchen Carlson, and President and CEO, Regina Hopper.

However, 30 former Miss Americas signed a letter in support of Carlson and the board.

Four women who left the board after only a few months shared a message in a private Facebook group detailing their version of their departures, Page Six reports.

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Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being announced as the winner of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Contestants await the results after competing in the swimsuit component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss North Dakota Cara Mund competes in the talent component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Pennsylvania Katie Scheckengast advances from the swimsuit component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Georgia Alyssa Beasley advances from the swimsuit component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Contestants await the results after competing in the swimsuit component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Alabama Jessica Procter advances from the swimsuit component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss New Jersey Kaitlyn Schoeffel competes in the swimsuit competition of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss South Carolina Suzi Roberts competes in the swimsuit competition of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Alaska Angelina Klapperich competes in the swimsuit competition of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Pennsylvania Katie Scheckengast competes in the swimsuit competition of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Missouri Jennifer Davis competes in the swimsuit competition of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti competes in the swimsuit competition of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss North Dakota Cara Mund competes in the talent component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Virginia Cecili Weber competes in the talent component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Louisiana Laryssa Bonacquisti competes in the talent component of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S., September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss North Dakota Cara Mund competes in the evening gown component of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
(L) Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being announced as the winner of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Contestants compete in the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss District of Columbia Briana Kinsey competes in the talent component of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
(R) Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being announced as the winner of the 97th Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Fellow contestants await to congratulate Miss North Dakota Cara Mund who won the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss North Dakota Cara Mund reacts after being announced as the winner of the Miss America competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey, U.S. September 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mark Makela
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Valerie Crooker Clemens and Jennifer Vaden Barth, both state titleholders who were elected to the board in February, reportedly alleged that neither of them resigned voluntarily.

Another woman, Miss America 2012 champ Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, reportedly wrote in the group that she felt the board had “become incredibly toxic."

Miss America 1998, Kate Shindle, reportedly added that she and others felt they were expected to be a “rubber-stamp board” and that their efforts were “characterized as destructive, hostile and/or unappreciative.”

However, the remaining board disputed the claims, as well as rumors that members thought the swimsuit move was made in consideration of the TV broadcast.

The board of Miss America noted that the decision was unanimous and that "any attempt to portray that decision as one made on an uninformed or misinformed basis is false."

Speaking to The Press of Atlantic City, CEO Hopper also noted, in part, “on behalf of the Miss America Organization, in any transition, there are are always those who disagree with or find it hard to accept change.”

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Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, 21, reacts after winning the 96th Miss America Pageant inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, 21, reacts after winning the 96th Miss America Pageant inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields appears onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields performs onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields appears onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields appears onstage during Miss America 2017 - 2nd Night of Preliminary Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 7, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Television host Sage Steele (L) and Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields appear onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: (L-R) Chris Harrison, Sage Steele and Savvy Shields appear onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, 21, reacts after winning the 96th Miss America Pageant inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, 21, reacts after winning the 96th Miss America Pageant inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, 21, reacts after winning the 96th Miss America Pageant inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, 21, reacts after winning the 96th Miss America Pageant inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
(L) Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields, 21, reacts after winning the 96th Miss America Pageant inside Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey September 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mark Makela
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields performs onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields appears onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition - Show at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields (C) appears onstage during the 2017 Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 11, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for dcp)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields (L) and Miss Maryland Hannah Brewer attend Miss America 2017 - 2nd Night of Preliminary Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 7, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 06: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields speaks during Miss America 2017 - 1st Night of Preliminary Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 6, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 07: Miss Arkansas Savvy Shields appears onstage during Miss America 2017 - 2nd Night of Preliminary Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 7, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
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