Fourth Miss America leader steps down in wake of scandal

After three other top Miss America Organization leaders resigned, a fourth, board member Tammy Haddad, has also left the organization, USA Today has reported.

Haddad joins Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell, president and COO Josh Randle and Board chair Lynn Weidner — who have resigned following significant backlash over leaked emails in which Haskell insulted several Miss America contestants.

On Thursday, The Huffington Post published a story that  included several emails written by Haskell, in which he disparaged the character and insulted the appearance of several Miss America contestants. Among them was 2013 winner Mallory Hagan, who was mocked by Haskell over her weight and purported sex life. Haskell also called former participants “c–ts” in another email. 

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Meriwether went on to play Catwoman in the original film version of 'Batman' in 1966.

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Mobley went on to star in multiple films with Elvis Presley. She died in 2014 at 77.

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Gretchen Carlson won Miss America 1988 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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Carlson is now the host of 'Fox & Friends' on Fox News.

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Turner later joined CBS News as a feature correspondent and a fill-in anchor.

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The story caused significant outrage among former Miss America winners. Dick Clark Productions said it had ended its partnership with Miss America when the organization over the matter.

“We were appalled by their unacceptable content and insisted, in the strongest possible terms, that the Miss America Organization (MAO) board of directors conduct a comprehensive investigation and take appropriate action to address the situation,” Dick Clark Productions said in a statement Friday. “Shortly thereafter, we resigned our board positions and notified MAO that we were terminating our relationship with them.”

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