Miss America Organization president resigns amid scandal: report

Josh Randle, the COO and president of the Miss America Organization, has reportedly resigned amid an email scandal.

Randle submitted his resignation less than 48 hours after CEO Sam Haskell was suspended for writing crude and sexist emails about the pageant’s contestants, a source close to the matter told The Huffington Post on Saturday.

Fellow board member Tammy Haddad also resigned in the wake of the scandal.

Miss America announced on Friday that they would suspend Haskell pending an investigation into the emails where he joked about contestant’s being “c--ts” and called women “huge” and “gross.”

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“Mr. Haskell, in support of the organization, has agreed to abide by the Board's decision. The Board will be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the nature in which they were obtained. In addition, the Board wishes to reaffirm our commitment to the education and empowerment of young women, supporting them in every way possible,” the organization said in a statement Friday.

Dick Clark Productions, which puts on the show annually, cut ties with the pageant after Haskell’s emails came to light, calling them “appalling.”

Haskell is one of seven men on the 16-member board — and holds the highest ranking roll, raking in $500,000 per year.

He declared on Friday that he accepted the suspension, but would not be resigning, calling his actions a “mistake of words.”

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10: President & COO Josh Randle speaks during the 2018 Miss America Competition Press Conference at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 10: Executive Chairman Sam Haskell, III, Chairman of the Board Lynn H. Weidner, Judge, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, Judge, Olympic Figure Skater Tara Lipinski, Judge, Singer Jordin Sparks, Judge, Actress and Model Molly Sims, Judge, Olympic Figure Skater Tara Lipinski, Newly crowned Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, Judge, Journalist Maria Menounos, Judge, Journalist Maria Menounos, Judge, Country Singer Thomas Rhett, and President & COO Josh Randle pose for a photo together during the 2018 Miss America Competition Press Conference at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 06: Vice President of Field Operations Marc Angeli, Miss America 2017 Savvy Shields and President & COO Josh Randle speak on stage during Miss America 2018 - First Night of Preliminary Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 6, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 06: Josh Randle, Chief Operating Officer of the Miss America Organiztaion, Lynn Weidner, Chairman of the Miss America Organization Board and Betty Cantrell, Miss America 2016 pose for a photo at The Miss America Organization press conference unveiling the contestants Show Me Your Shoes parade footwear on September 6, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Miss America Organization Executive Committee members Executive Chairman Sam Haskell, III, CHairman of the Board Lynn H. Weidner, President and COO Josh Randle and Eli Popicg participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to start the Miss America 2018 - Show Me Your Shoes Parade on September 9, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images for Dick Clark Productions)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - MAY 10: Savvy Shields, Miss America 2017 poses next to the Miss America Pageant sign with Josh Randle, Chief Operating Officer of the Miss America Organization after the Miss America National Office Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on May 10, 2017 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JULY 22: Josh Randle, Miss America Organization Chief Operating Officer; Chelsea Mineur, Miss America Organization Office and PR Coordinator; Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and Sam Haskell III, Miss America Organization Executive Chairman and CEO; pose at press conference and ribbon cutting at the opening ceremony for the new Miss America Offices at Claridge Hotel on July 22, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 08: Josh Randle COO of the Miss America Organization at the Show Me Your Shoes press conference at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 8, 2015 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
OCEAN CITY, NJ - MARCH 12: Marc Angeli, Brittany Baitinger,Josh Randle, Chief Operating Officer, Chelsea Mineur and Mary Ellen Lucia all staff members of Miss America Organization attends the Memorial Service for Miss New Jersey, Cara McCollum at The Tabernacle in Ocean City on March 12, 2016 in Ocean City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - AUGUST 30: (l) Sam Haskell, Executive Chairman & CEO of the Miss America Organization and Josh Randle, Chief Operating Officer of The Miss America Organization pose with the finalists of the Women In Business Scholarship at the arrival ceremonies of the 2017 Miss America contestants at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on August 30, 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
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“Those who know my heart know that this is not indicative of my character, nor is it indicative of my business acumen,” Haskell said. “I was under stress from a full year of attacks by two Miss Americas, and while I don't ever want to offer an excuse, I do want to offer context.”

“I have the utmost respect for the women of this program and contestants at every level,” he continued. “It breaks my heart for anyone to think otherwise.”

In the wake of the scandal, at least 49 former Miss Americas called for the organizations leaders to resign.

The Miss America Organization did not immediately return a Daily News request for comment.

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