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Gretchen Carlson takes over the Miss America board of directors

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Late last month, Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell head writer Lewis Friedman got called out for making sexist remarks about former Miss America contestants in a series of internal emails that were presented to Dick Clark Productions, which is behind the telecast of the beauty contest and pulled its support when the Miss America board basically ignored its concerns. 49 former Miss America contestants also signed an open letter asking the organization’s board members to resign, a move that has since actually had some effect as a number of high-level Miss America people have indeed resigned—including Haskell, COO Josh Randle, and Chairman Lynn Weidner.

Now, according to The Huffington Post, 1989 Miss America winner and Fox & Friends co-host Gretchen Carlson has been tapped to take over the board, with the Miss America Organization naming her the new chair. Deadline notes that this move comes after Carlson had previously “blasted” Miss America for asking for her help to find new leadership, but now she says she’s “honored” to help “move this iconic program forward.”


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