Ex-Miss America shamed by CEO emails calls for his ouster

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Three former title holders who were targeted for abuse in emails to and from Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell say the group's leadership needs to be replaced.

Miss America 2013 victor Mallory Hagan in 2013.

Pageant officials wrote that when one former Miss America died, they wished it had been a different former Miss America instead. She continued: "We also have to punish them when they don't appreciate what we do for them".

In another exchange from August 2014, Haskell received an email that said Hagan's hairdresser had been commenting on Hagan's sex life, as well as her recent weight gain.

In response to all of this, Carlson told HuffPost that Haskell and other Miss America executives who engaged in crude behavior should resign.

"The Miss America Organization Board of Directors was notified about the concern of inappropriate language in email communications several months ago".

"Thanks so much Coach...even in my sadness you can make me laugh...how was the Kennedy Center Honors?"

And Haskell wrote of tactics that would drive 1989 Miss America Carlson "insane".

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The Miss American Organization has come under fire after a report surfaced Thursday alleging that CEO, Sam Haskell, exchanged emails with various board members that ridiculed past winners' appearances, intelligences and personal lives. "No woman should be demeaned with such vulgar slurs".

"We were appalled by their unacceptable content and insisted, in the strongest possible terms, that the Miss America Organization board of directors conduct a comprehensive investigation and take appropriate action to address the situation", the company said in a statement to the Associated Press.

The Internal emails show the offensive language Haskell used to describe Hagan, describing her as "fat and gross" in one note.

The Huffington Post article shows that Haskell and others directed considerable attention to Hagan, who won the 2013 competition.

In a 2014 email Friedman sent to Haskell about the death of former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, he used the subject line "It should have been Kate Shindle", referring to a past victor who has been critical of the pageant leadership.

When Carlson declined to speak out against former Miss America Kate Shindle (who had questioned Haskell's steep pay in her memoir), Haddad allegedly called the anchor a "snake" in an email to Haskell, adding, "but now u have not (sic) doubts as to her loyalty".

Haskell replied, "It appears we are the only ones!"

Soon afterward, Hagan's name was added to a list of coaches that Miss America contestants were not allowed to use, and "soon after, Hagan's lucrative coaching business fell apart", according to the Huffington Post story.

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