Josh Randle, the COO and president of the Miss America Group, has reportedly resigned amid an e-mail scandal.
Randle submitted his resignation lower than 48 hours after CEO Sam Haskell was suspended for writing crude and sexist emails concerning the pageant’s contestants, a supply near the matter advised The Huffington Publish on Saturday.
Fellow board member Tammy Haddad additionally resigned within the wake of the scandal.
Miss America introduced on Friday that they’d droop Haskell pending an investigation into the emails the place he joked about contestant’s being “c–ts” and referred to as girls “big” and “gross.”
“Mr. Haskell, in assist of the group, has agreed to abide by the Board’s resolution. The Board might be conducting an in-depth investigation into alleged inappropriate communications and the character through which they have been obtained. As well as, the Board needs to reaffirm our dedication to the training and empowerment of younger girls, supporting them in each approach potential,” the group mentioned in a press release Friday.
Dick Clark Productions, which places on the present yearly, lower ties with the pageant after Haskell’s emails got here to gentle, calling them “appalling.”
Haskell is one among seven males on the 16-member board — and holds the best rating roll, raking in $500,000 per 12 months.
He declared on Friday that he accepted the suspension, however wouldn’t be resigning, calling his actions a “mistake of phrases.”
“Those that know my coronary heart know that this isn’t indicative of my character, neither is it indicative of my enterprise acumen,” Haskell mentioned. “I used to be beneath stress from a full 12 months of assaults by two Miss Americas, and whereas I do not ever wish to supply an excuse, I do wish to supply context.”
“I’ve the utmost respect for the ladies of this program and contestants at each stage,” he continued. “It breaks my coronary heart for anybody to suppose in any other case.”
Within the wake of the scandal, no less than 49 former Miss Americas referred to as for the organizations leaders to resign.
The Miss America Group didn’t instantly return a Every day Information request for remark.