WORLD Gretchen Carlson named chair of Miss America Organization


Gretchen Carlson named chair of Miss America Organization


21:02, January 02, 2018


Photo: Reuters

Former broadcaster beauty queen Gretchen Carlson says she will join the board of the Miss America Organization in its effort to restructure after its former director resigned amid scandal.

Gretchen Carlson will be the next chair of the Miss America Organization.

The former Fox News anchor who was named Miss America in 1989 wrote on Twitter that she was 'honored to move this iconic program forward.'

Carlson is stepping in after e-mails published by the Huffington Post last month showed the pageant's CEO making lewd and insulting remarks about some contenstants.

He resigned two days later.

Carlson was one of 49 pageant winners who signed a letter demanding the resignation.

She became a voice for victims of sexual harassment after her lawsuit against Fox News chairman Roger Ailes.

Carlson accused Ailes of retaliating against her after she rebuffed his sexual overtures.

Her claims lead to Ailes leaving the station in 2016.

The Miss America board will now include three other former winners.

Among them, Kate Shindle, who won in 1998.

Shindle was singled out by the former CEO in the leaked e-mails.

In a statement, Shindle and Carlson said "The woman of Miss America are determined to take back our program. This is not over yet."

Related Stories

Terms of Service & Privacy Policy

We have updated our privacy policy to comply with the latest laws and regulations. The updated policy explains the mechanism of how we collect and treat your personal data. You can learn more about the rights you have by reading our terms of service. Please read them carefully. By clicking AGREE, you indicate that you have read and agreed to our privacy policies

Agree and continue